Antigua Guatemala, located 45 km from Guatemala City, reveals to present-day visitors a dramatic history of conquest, grandeur, destruction and rebirth.
It was actually the third capital of the “New World”, founded by the Spanish in 1543. Although battered by volcanic eruptions for two hundred years, Antigua remained the seat of power in Central America until 1773. The Santa Marta Earthquake of that year leveled homes and crumbled great cathedrals and monasteries to the point that the capital was moved to the Guatemala City in the Ermita Valley.
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Gradually, the settlers returned to Antigua to resurrect this jewel of modern and colonial urban architecture. Though vibrant and modern as a premier tourist destination, it maintains the characteristics of a magnificent colonial city stopped in time and is classed as an UNESCO “World Heritage Site”.