As a colonial jewel that was jealously preserved, the legendary image of a typical Spanish city of the seventeenth century. Cobbled streets and opulent buildings enclosed in its silent walls the history of the third metropolis of America. The city of Antigua Guatemala is a fascinating place to visit today.
Founded in 1543 as the capital of the Spanish Colonies what is now Central America, was abandoned 1773, leaving behind buildings of the XVII and XVIII. It is truly the jewel of America, offering to visitors its colonial history, art galleries, exhibitions, folk art, art galleries, films, Indigenous markets and culture for tourism in general. It is also home to a wide range of Spanish language schools, attracting students from around the world. Today, Antigua is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site since 1979.
The city with impressive monasteries, convents, and cathedrals of the Spanish colonial times. The city has also a great selection of museums, art galleries, boutiques, and nightlife. Also offers a variety of adventurous tours like climbing a volcano, mountain biking, fishing, horseback riding and more. The place is breathtaking with its three towering volcanoes: Volcan de Agua, de Fuego, and El Acatenango, with a charming atmosphere called the “city of eternal spring”. Today Antigua is noted for its elaborate religious celebrations for Holy Week, preceding Easter. To learn more about the history of this beautiful colonial city of Antigua and its monuments,
Its history dates back to 1725 when it gave permission for its construction, after five years of waiting.
It is one of the unforgettable works that perform the renowned builder of La Antigua Guatemala, Diego de Porres, the son of José de Porres notable also outstanding architecture.
Much of its structure is preserved in excellent condition and has been host to various cultural activities from the Conservation Council of La Antigua Guatemala install its own offices in this place
Juan de Chaves, who is referred to several texts as John of God, left an indelible mark on the finishes of the building and its reredos, becoming a builder remembered for his work.
Inside the monastery you can see one of the largest sources of the city, always with the classic style of the time, located at the center of the courtyard and surrounded by wide corridors sheltered under colorful archways.
This temple is born by the efforts of the Order Mercedaria, which is the oldest in the Americas. In fact, he came to America in the early voyages from Spain in the process of colonization.
The Mercy owned land allocated from 1541 and requested support to expand it. Finally got the necessary help and in 1583 erected the temple. Due to the earthquake that hit the building was built years after the other, the one we know today, opened in 1767.