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Antigua, Guatemala

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Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala, about an hour and a half from our port. It was the capital of Guatemala slightly before our visit, from 1543 through 1773. The city fell victim to numerous earthquakes in the 16th century, and a quake in 1773 destroyed much of the town. The Spanish Crown, being all-wise, was fed up and moved the capital to what is now Guatemala City, the modern capital. Antigua was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 because of its Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture, layout, churches, and ruins.

On the road to Antiqua

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Our driver called this Stump Face Mountain. A woman in profile?


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A lot of watermelons on the side of the road. So close to the pavement that orange cones were put out to push traffic to one lane to get by.

 

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Entrance to a village destroyed by lava flow from an erupting volcano in 2018.

 

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Village beside a volcano. The hillside is terraced to about half way up.


A stop on the way at Carolina's handwoven fabrics

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Beautiful work. A family-owned and run business.


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Family heritage

 

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The owner and namesake preparing lunch outdoors


Antigua walkabout

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Cerro de la Cruz

 

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San Juan de Dios

 

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A book and other sale in front of the church

 

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Watching over the items for sale


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Behind the gates

 

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Behind the gates 2


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One of the old churches damaged in the 1773 earthquake. Structurally unsound but still standing.

 

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Another baroque-inspired church damaged in the earthquake. It is undergoing restoration.

 

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Great place. Combination of Mayan museum, workshop, and high-end Jade store. Jade was valued by the Mayans for its religious and spiritual importance. Factoid: Jade is not just green, but includes blue and black, with recently discovered orange jade.

 

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Recreation of the Mayan calendar lit in the floor. Factoid: The use of the Mayan calendar dates back to at least the 5th century BC.


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Antigua Town Hall

 

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Central Square
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Cathedral of Santago. Beautiful old church at Central Square. Nineteen statues were built into the entrance wall.

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Full view or...

 

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... closer up?

 

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Under construction


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Volcano
(on the drive back)

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Lava from a volcanic eruption in 2018 wiped out the road. A new bridge was built over the lava flow.

 

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Steps to the lava

 

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Volcano erupting

 

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Volcano erupting

 

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01/07/24

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