Transformations: A short history of La Antigua’s Central Park

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Everyone is so excited about the new Central Park project with our new flowers, railings, garbage cans and renovated benches. The Comité de Ornato La Antigua is doing a wonderful job renewing our Parque Central! The history of the Plaza Mayor, known now as Central Park, goes back to the beginning of the city when the first city planners laid […]

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SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell

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Wed. (English) SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour presentation with vintage and contemporary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bell’s expert narration. Q50 per person. Questions encouraged. Autographed books available. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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Early Religious Sculptures in Guatemala

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Religious sculptures are a focal point for prayer and meditation. It is believed that when prayed to with the utmost religious fervor, the figure, or its essence, grants the believer a favor, request, or a miracle. Guatemala created its own extremely expressive style through talented Guatemalan-born artists resulting in the finest Spanish-American sculpture, particularly between 1650 and 1773. These works […]

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HOLY WEEK PHOTO PRESENTATION with Elizabeth Bell

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Wednesday. (English) HOLY WEEK PHOTO PRESENTATION. Enjoy an hour-long presentation with Elizabeth Bell including fabulous descriptions and photos of carpet making, velaciones, processions and information about this season. Great tips to enjoy the processions! Questions encouraged and autographed books available. Q50 p/p, proceeds benefit educational programs in Antigua. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell

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Wednesday. (English) SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour presentation with vintage and contemporary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bell’s expert narration. Q50 per person. Questions encouraged. Autographed books available. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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How Holy Week Celebrations in La Antigua became the Largest in the World

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Last year, it was estimated that 1.2 million visitors were in La Antigua for Lenten and Holy Week. When the Spanish conquerors arrived in Guatemala from Mexico in 1524, they brought with them the religious traditions from Seville, Spain. Little did they imagine that in the 21st century these celebrations would become the largest in the world. “Historical references to […]

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Film Production in Guatemala

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! With all the rave for “Ixcanul,” which was submitted as the Guatemalan entry for Best Foreign Language Film (Kakchikel) for the 88th Academy Awards airing this month, we focus on filmmaking in Guatemala. While Ixcanul was not nominated for the Oscars, it has won dozens of awards internationally. With our own actors from nearby Santa María de […]

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SLIDE SHOW “Antigua: Behind the Walls” with Elizabeth Bell

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Wednesday. (English) SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour presentation with vintage and contemporary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bell’s expert narration. Q50 per person. Questions encouraged. Autographed books available. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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Nativity Scenes / Nacimientos in Guatemala

Baby Jesus from a nativity scene, photo by Juan José Yas c.1915 (CIRMA)

Nativity scenes have been a tradition in Guatemala for centuries, much before Santa Claus and Christmas trees arrived. They were originally based on the descriptions found in the Gospel of Luke. St. Francis of Assisi received special permission from Pope Honorius III to make the first nativity scene with figures of Joseph and the Virgin Mary in 1223 with the […]

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La Antigua Guatemala — A Step Back in Time

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Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian. Old drawings and photographs of La Antigua Guatemala have always fascinated me. They take me back in time to when Antigua truly seemed almost abandoned. We know very few people stayed after the official move of the capital to Guatemala City in 1773. While we have some historical records from the 1800s and few drawings by […]

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Narrative Slide Show, “Antigua: Behind the Walls”

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11 Wed., 6pm. (English) Narrative Slide Show, “Antigua: Behind the Walls” with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour slide show with vintage and contemporary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bell’s expert narration. Q30 p/p. Questions encouraged. Autographed books available. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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NARRATIVE SLIDE SHOW “Antigua: Behind the Walls” with Elizabeth Bell

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21 Wed. 6pm — (English) NARRATIVE SLIDE SHOW Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour slide show of Antigua and its heritage with vintage & contemporary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bell’s expert narration. Proceeds benefit educational programs in Antigua. Q30 p/p. Questions encouraged. Autographed books available. Join us at Hotel Sor […]

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Who was St. James?

Santiago monument (photo: César Tián/Revue)

La Antigua Guatemala was founded as Santiago de Guatemala (St. James of Guatemala). Located previously at the Kaqchikel site of Iximché in 1524 and then next door to Ciudad Vieja (San Miguel Escobar) in 1527, the first city council met in this valley on March 10, 1543. Since St. James is the patron saint of Spain and was the patron […]

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