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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] 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 World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Cairo and Luxor on 22-26 October, 1979.


Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
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Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
Ruins of a church in Antigua Guatemala
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

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

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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