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La Antigua Guatemala is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala. It was founded in the 16th century. Despite being in an earthquake-prone region, in a span of less than three centuries, Antigua Guatemala has acquired a good number of Spanish Mudéjar-influenced Baroque buildings. However many of the buildings in Antigua Guatemala were destroyed by a big earthquake that hit it in 1773.

Today many of the ruins of Antigua Guatemala are well preserved. They are spectacular examples of a medieval city built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance.

Antigua was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Cairo and Luxor on 22-26 October, 1979.

Photos of Antigua

Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
Author: chensiyuan (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 Generic)

Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
Author: chensiyuan (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 Generic)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 14 34 W 90 40
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV

Location Map of Antigua

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Visiting Antigua

Antigua Guatemala is located just some 30 km west of Guatemala City. You can go there by public bus (they call it a chicken bus, as the peasants often transport their poultry onboard). Alternatively, you can catch a taxi from the airport straight to Antigua, for Q250.


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