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Antigua Guatemala, Once the third largest city in all of Spanish Colonial America and for 200 years the capital of Guatemalan Kingdom, it is today a peaceful, beautiful and partially restored colonial city. Cobblestone streets wind through the city of majestic churches and monasteries.
You will be picked up at our meeting point in Antigua Guatemala by our local guide to begin your soft walking of approximately 3 hours below a brief summary of what to expect on your way.
La Merced Church of Guatemalan Ultrabaroque style, this temple has two bell towers. On the facade of the church, in its upper part is a sculpture of San Pedro Nolasco, founder of the Mercedarian Order.
Santa Catalina Arch, built to connect the nuns between cloisters to avoid being seen due to the votes that the religious who belonged to that Order took, After the earthquakes of 1773, the arch became important due to the arrangements that were made. These arrangements included the construction of a turret and the inclusion of a Lamy Amp Lacroix watch of French origin.
Central Park surrounded by the traditional grid pattern used frequently in urban planning in the Spanish colonies. The park is surrounded by the Palace of the General Captains, the Town Hall, the Cathedral of San Jose and the Trade Portal.
Here in the park, we will also find the Las Sirenas fountain. This fountain has a traditional oral where the Count of La Gomera ordered to build the fountain in memory of his daughters, who in giving birth did not want to breastfeed their children for what the count ordered To tie his daughters to a trunk in the center of a waterhole, where they died of thirst and hunger.
Continue our way we will visit the La Unión tank, which is one of the most representative laundries in this city, only the big houses had a place where they could be washed. For this reason, most of the inhabitants – housewives – went to public laundries. This was inaugurated on February 3, 1853.
Jade Factory and Museum The jade is cut and polished in the factory by local Guatemalan workers who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors, Ancient civilizations appreciated the jadeite jade stones as ornaments, tools, and burial artifacts.
El Carmen Ruins, The facade of the church was built with stucco-covered bricks, it had two levels with 24 columns in total, distributed in two towers of 6 columns each, this detail makes the temple still unique today. To one side of these ruins is the El Carmen Craft Market.where you can find a lot of Guatemalan souvenirs.