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World Heritage Site Antigua Guatemala

Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
iiiTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
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Atlas Obscura 2017
The Most Colorful Cemetery in Guatemala

Where death is celebrated with a rainbow of pigments.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Casa Popenoe in Antiqua Guatemala

You should avoca-go.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Atitlan Antique Rose Garden

Discover Atitlan Antique Rose Garden in Panajachel, Guatemala: A collection of heirloom roses tucked in a spectacularly beautiful botanical garden on Lake Atitlan.

Atlas Obscura 2017
A Century-Old, To-Scale Topographical Map of Guatemala

It took 15 years of measuring the country by donkey to create this impressively accurate geographic replica.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Pinula Aqueduct

Discover Pinula Aqueduct in Guatemala City, Guatemala: It's not quite as old as its Roman appearance suggests, but this piece of infrastructure served Guatemala City for centuries.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Chapel of El Rey San Pascual

Discover Chapel of El Rey San Pascual in Olintepeque, Guatemala: Hidden in the highlands of Guatemala, a small shrine venerates a forbidden folk saint.

Atlas Obscura 2017
The California Avocado Plaque in Antigua Guatemala

Believe it or not, the now-ubiquitous California avocado originated in Guatemala.

Atlas Obscura 2019
La Ceiba Park

Discover La Ceiba Park in Salcoatitán, El Salvador: A legendary tree towers within its own vibrant sanctuary.

Atlas Obscura 2021
Pizza Pacaya

Discover Pizza Pacaya in San Vicente Pacaya, Guatemala: For this chef, an active volcano is his oven.

Atlas Obscura 2017
Mixco Viejo (Jilotepeque Viejo)

Discover Mixco Viejo (Jilotepeque Viejo) in Guatemala: A ruined Maya city that suffered a years-long case of mistaken identity.