Post by kerouac2 on May 29, 2018 5:12:39 GMT
Antigua is the former royal capital of Guatemala, but there were just too many earthquakes in the 18th century. Although the Catholic church kept insisting that it was divine punishment for the sins of the population but the church authoriries must have been pretty bad sinner, too, because all of the religious buildings were destroyed as well, so the capital was moved to what is now Guatemala City in 1776.
The city has been mostly rebuilt since then -- and partly destroyed various times, particularly in 1917 and 1976. So far, the 21st century has spared Antigua but for how long?
In any case, Antigua is one of the principal tourist destinations in the country and is easy to reach from Guatemala City, which is only 40 kilometres away. Of course, due to traffic and road conditions, that means at least an hour and more often an hour and a half to get there.
I arrived at the end of the day when the light was fading, but I could not prevent myself from taking a few photos anyway, starting at the Plaza Mayor/Parque Central.
This pickup truck full of Americans/Europeans was just arriving and shows the incredible contrast in the size of the people.
On the weekend, the main street is closed to traffic. Unfortunately, the chains are removed during the week.
The city is laid out in a completely square grid, and the streets are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. so it's pretty difficult to get lost.