Thursday, August 22, 2013

Antigua - GUATEMALA - UNESCO #65

My postcards from Guatemala arrived today, four in total - this two show Antigua Guatemala, "La muy noble y muy leal Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala" thank you very much Ale, I know you had to search several places to find all the three UNESCO sites. My collection became so much better because of you...  This postcards took 15 days to arrive!
 
UNESCO #65 - San José Cathedral, Antigua - GUATEMALA

UNESCO #65 - Calle Real, Antigua - GUATEMALA
 
Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments.

 
   

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