|UNESCO #65 - Cerro de la Cruz, Antigua - GUATEMALA|
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Antigua - GUATEMALA - UNESCO #65
Patrick is a postcrosser from New York that travels a lot to Central America. Last year he went to Belize and I asked for a postcard; unfortunately he only read my message on his way back - he recently went to Guatemala and surprised me with this beautiful postcard of the town of Antiqua, a UNESCO WHS. Thank you very much Patrick, I'm really happy for getting this wonderful card and specially for your nice gesture - so, what's your next destination? This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
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.