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Guatemala City

Culture of Guatemala City. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Guatemala is an amazing city of contrasts, noisy and dynamic, rich in interesting sights and entertainment facilities. Near old quarters and historic districts, you can see beautiful modern buildings, luxury hotels, and neon signs of shopping complexes. The central area remains the most interesting for tourists. Here there is a huge number of historical buildings, ancient squares, and mansions built at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The local cuisine is an original mix of Mexican, Chinese, and Indian culinary traditions. In every national restaurant, guests will be offered a lot of interesting meat dishes typically … Open
Exploring local attractions should be started with a visit to the Plaza Central Park, which is a starting point of many sightseeing tours. Peace and quiet reign here on weekdays, but it's always crowded on Sunday when a market opens on the square. In the middle of the square, there is a huge flagpole, which is considered the center of the country. Near the main square is an important architectural landmark - the National Palace. Part of its halls keeps a rich collection of the Historical Museum. The palace is open to the public every day.
Opposite is the beautiful Catedral Metropolitana, the construction of which was completed in 1868. On the cathedral's outer perimeter there are 12 columns, on which the names of local residents who died during the civil war are inscribed. This cathedral is a significant historical monument, one of the most important in the country. Near the square, there are several beautiful shopping streets accommodating many interesting architectural landmarks. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The bulk of the local population is Indians who carefully preserve their centuries-old customs and traditions. Despite the fact that Guatemala is the capital of a prosperous modern state, … Open
Vacationers should pay special attention to San Francisco Church dating back to the late 18th century as well as to luxurious Casa Mima house-museum. Today, the mansion houses one of the most interesting museums, which is a collection of antique furniture and household utensils. Tours of the ruins of Kaminalhuyu are very popular. Their name can literally be translated as “Hill of the Dead”. These ruins are remains of one of the largest Mayan settlements, which was founded in the 2nd millennium BC. Archaeological excavations at the site of the ruins are still ongoing. Scientists have discovered more than 300 structures, as well as several vast fields where large public events and sports competitions took place in ancient times. The capital's suburban areas also have many places of interest that never cease to attract tourists from all over the world.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Guatemala City
♥   Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Ciudad de Guatemala, 4.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario Arquidiocesano del Señor San José, Ciudad de Guatemala, 4.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande, Antigua Guatemala, 21.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral de San José, Antigua Guatemala, 22.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concatedral Santa Ana, Chimaltenango, 30.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Expectación, Jalapa, 59.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Santa Cruz del Quiché, Santa Cruz del Quiché, 80.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Guatemala City and near

Guatemala Stone Head

From the series “Most Curious Artifacts of Extraterrestrial Origin”
The researchers do not have a uniform version of the statue origin. Some of them think that the head can be the face of the extraterrestrial being. An alternative to this version is the presumption that the statue could have been created by the older peoples who inhabited the jungle of Guatemala before Mayan civilization. A few years after discovering the unique monument, its location became known to the general public. The troops used the stone head as target, so the unique monument was almost completely destroyed. … Read further

Santa Maria

From the series “The Most Active Volcanoes in the World”
Travelers have a unique opportunity to rise to the extinct volcano crater and observe the volcanic activity that doesn’t stop for a minute. According to scientists, such large-scale and destructive eruptions of Santa Maria aren’t expected in the near future, so numerous tourists are attracted to those places. Even during its sleep volcano constitutes a great threat because of mudslides on its slopes. The foothill town of El Palmar has suffered from them twice. Now it’s prohibited to visit mountain areas during the rainy season. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Guatemala City

Culture guide to Guatemala City. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Guatemala City: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Guatemala City. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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