Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Mudéjar-influenced Baroque architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1773, the Santa Marta earthquakes destroyed much of the town, which led to the third change in location for the city. The Spanish Crown ordered (1776) the removal of the capital to a safer location, the Valley of the Shrine, where Guatemala City, the modern capital of Guatemala, now stands.

Twenty minutes west of the capital of Guatemala City is
Twenty minutes west of the capital of Guatemala City is the ...
Native handicrafts
Native handicrafts...
It's hard to keep track of all the churches in
It's hard to keep track of all the churches in Antigua; thi...
History plaque of Merced church
History plaque of Merced church...
Ornate facade of Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church
Ornate facade of Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church...
Close-up of baroque facade of Our Lady of Mercy (Merced)
Close-up of baroque facade of Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) chu...
Convent cloisters in Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church; large
Convent cloisters in Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church; larg...
Convent cloisters in Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church;
Convent cloisters in Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church; wate...
Fountain detail--Convent cloisters in Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church
Fountain detail--Convent cloisters in Our Lady of Mercy (Mer...
Horses for tourists by Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church
Horses for tourists by Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church...
5th Avenida North with clock tower
5th Avenida North with clock tower...
5th Avenida North with clock tower
5th Avenida North with clock tower...
Volcano viewed through clock tower
Volcano viewed through clock tower...
Volcano viewed through clock tower
Volcano viewed through clock tower...
Dome of Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church
Dome of Our Lady of Mercy (Merced) church...
Popular gay-friendly Fridas restaurant and bar
Popular gay-friendly Fridas restaurant and bar...
Typical interior courtyard
Typical interior courtyard...
Moroccan-style restaurant
Moroccan-style restaurant...
Well-stocked grocery store
Well-stocked grocery store...
Bimbo white bread
Bimbo white bread...
Our Hotel Casa Christina
Our Hotel Casa Christina...
Local cafe servers
Local cafe servers...
Old craftsman with his hand-made armoir
Old craftsman with his hand-made armoir...
One of several attractive parks in the city
One of several attractive parks in the city...
Boys waiting for business
Boys waiting for business...
Mariachi band at a hotel
Mariachi band at a hotel...
Tourist taxi carts
Tourist taxi carts...
Shops along the arcade
Shops along the arcade...
Schoolgirls on the way to school through Central Park
Schoolgirls on the way to school through Central Park...
Young guys having a laugh
Young guys having a laugh...
Central Park crafts vendors
Central Park crafts vendors...
Catedral de Santiago by Central Park, ruined several times by
Catedral de Santiago by Central Park, ruined several times b...
Cathedral history plaque
Cathedral history plaque...
Cathedral view
Cathedral view...
Local color and crafts
Local color and crafts...
Carpenter at work on restoration
Carpenter at work on restoration...
Church restoration is a full time job for numerous carpenters
Church restoration is a full time job for numerous carpenter...
City offices
City offices...
Psychologist's office
Psychologist's office...
Ruins of the church of San Francisco
Ruins of the church of San Francisco...
Ruins of the church of San Francisco
Ruins of the church of San Francisco...
Ruins of the church of San Francisco
Ruins of the church of San Francisco...
Ruins of the church of San Francisco, destroyed by earthquake
Ruins of the church of San Francisco, destroyed by earthquak...
Classic colonial architecture
Classic colonial architecture...
Cobblestone street
Cobblestone street...
Young women on Sunday in the park
Young women on Sunday in the park...
Typical courtyard
Typical courtyard...
Iglesia de Hermano Pedro
Iglesia de Hermano Pedro...
Iglesia de Hermano Pedro
Iglesia de Hermano Pedro...
Numerous parks are part of Antigua's charm.
Numerous parks are part of Antigua's charm....
Convent of Santa Clara
Convent of Santa Clara...
Convent of Santa Clara fountain and ruins
Convent of Santa Clara fountain and ruins...
Convent of Santa Clara fountain and ruins
Convent of Santa Clara fountain and ruins...
Museo Hermano Pedro
Museo Hermano Pedro...
Museo del Santo Hermano Pedro
Museo del Santo Hermano Pedro...
Museo Hermano Pedro
Museo Hermano Pedro...
Detail of Museo Hermano Pedro
Detail of Museo Hermano Pedro...
Hermano Pedro was made a saint
Hermano Pedro was made a saint...
Museo Hermano Pedro; Hermano became a shrine for curing human
Museo Hermano Pedro; Hermano became a shrine for curing huma...
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Interior of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Interior of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Interior chapel of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Interior chapel of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Altar detail of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Altar detail of Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Monk during mass at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Monk during mass at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Monk at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
Monk at Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco...
Park with fountain
Park with fountain...
Tourist carriage
Tourist carriage...
Motorbikes of the young
Motorbikes of the young...
Local internet cafe
Local internet cafe...
Tasty treats
Tasty treats...
Kids at play
Kids at play...
Kids at play
Kids at play...
Kids at play
Kids at play...
More tasty treats
More tasty treats...
Modern church residence adjacent to antique church.
Modern church residence adjacent to antique church....
Modern student
Modern student...
Gen-X hotcar
Gen-X hotcar...
Ice cream vendor
Ice cream vendor...
Busy street
Busy street...
Central Park
Central Park...
Central Park musicians
Central Park musicians...
Central Park on Sunday
Central Park on Sunday...
Local faces
Local faces...
Boy selling sweets
Boy selling sweets...
Same boy, same sweets, charming face
Same boy, same sweets, charming face...
Local face
Local face...
Central Park
Central Park...
Tourists on Avenida Norte
Tourists on Avenida Norte...
Child musician
Child musician...
Boutique restaurant DaVinci
Boutique restaurant DaVinci...
Boutique restaurant DaVinci
Boutique restaurant DaVinci...
Interior of boutique restaurant DaVinci
Interior of boutique restaurant DaVinci...
Outdoor market
Outdoor market...
Lake Atitlan is near Antigua
Lake Atitlan is near Antigua...