Cathedral of San José

The history of the Cathedral of San José begins with its foundation in 1527 and built by José de Porres. Nevertheless the construction did not escape to the damages of the earthquakes mainly demolishing the domes, for that reason the Cathedral finished in ruins.

Who is Donatello?

Donatello -Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi- was a famous Italian artist and sculptor of the early Renaissance, born in Florence, Italy, in 1386. Together with Leon Battista Alberti, Brunelleschi and Masaccio, he was one of the fathers of the Renaissance. Donatello stood out in an innovative force in the field of monumental sculpture and[…]

Tanque de la Union and Its Park

Opposite the Church and Convent of the Poor Clare nuns – today, the Santa Clara monument (MAP E6) – at 2a Avenida Sur and 6a Calle Oriente in La Antigua, there’s a green space known as Parque La Unión, which has a picturesque meeting point: the enormous public water cistern and pila called “Tanque La Unión.” Its[…]

Ruinas del Hospital de Nuestra Señora de Belen

Sabías que, En 1663, el Hermano Pedro decidió iniciar la construcción de una enfermería más grande de la que ya había construido y para ello compró un solar contiguo al que ya tenía. Escribió al Rey Felipe IV para informarle sobre las dificultades que padecían los enfermos al salir de los hospitales, pidiéndole la licencia[…]

Guatemala Independence Day

Following almost 300 years of Spanish colonial rule (1523-1821), Guatemala, unsurprisingly and justifiably, takes great delight in celebrating its annual Independence Day with true Latin American passion. Held on 15th September, the countrywide festivities reveal the undeniable patriotism of a nation proud to have overcome such a turbulent history. Small in size Guatemala may be compared to neighboring[…]

A New History for La Antigua Guatemala

With the recent “discovery” of the “El Libro Segundo del Cabildo (1530-1541) de Santiago de Guatemala,” historians lit up with enthusiasm! Cover of the second book of Cabildo (1530-1541) de Santiago de Guatemala (courtesy of the Hispanic Society of America, New York) Guatemala’s historians continue to rewrite the past. With many libraries and collections now[…]

El Cadejo

Many, many times the bar owner, Don Paco, tried to get the tailor, Joaquín, to leave and go home. Considering the number of people coming into town from other places, Don Paco estimated that each Friday and Saturday, there was at least one thief – and maybe more – visiting town and just waiting to[…]

Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Sacatepéquez. According to the 2002 Guatemalan Census, the municipality has a total of 25,696 people. Ciudad Vieja was the second site of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, the colonial capital of the country. San Miguel Escobar is the modern name for the district that contains the ruins of the second colonial capital[…]

Education in Guatemala

The University of San Carlos of Guatemala is one of the oldest universities in the Americas. Education has come a long way since higher education began in 1620 at the Colegio de Santo Tomas de Aquino, predecessor to San Carlos, which was officially founded in 1676. University of San Carlos, La Antigua Guatemala (Hadazul Cruz)[…]

Antigua´s Central Park

It has been well known for a while that the Parque Central in Antigua has been in need of an urgent renovation. This attractive park needed to be organized and beautified; especially bearing in mind the grand manner in which it was constructed during one of several periods in which my Grandfather – Manuel Francisco[…]