Antigua Guatemala has many historic buildings that were damaged by earthquakes. One of these places is Iglesia del Carmen.
This church is located on 3rd Avenue North, between 2nd and 3rd street . The City Council authorized its construction in 1638, under the patronage of the Order of Our Lady of Carmen.
However, in 1651 the building was damaged by an earthquake. In 1686 was a built a new church, which also suffered the consequences of an earthquake in 1717. It was built again in 1728, with details that can be seen today.
Unlike other churches, no images were included in its facade. The columns were carved with fine decorations and patterns that mimic leaves, flowers and branches. Unfortunately the earthquakes of 1773 and 1976 caused the destruction of the building.
Currently you will find the ruins of the church surrounded by multiple crafts. A perfect combination of color for this impressive building!
Antigua Guatemala is a unique destination in the country, the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable holiday.
After checking in at Hotel Palacio de Dona Leonor, you´ll be interested to visit the ruins of Antigua Guatemala. One of the places you can visit is the Church and Convent of the Capuchins . This place is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 2nd Street East.
Its story begins in 1725, when the construction was authorized. This project was led by renowned builder Diego Porres.
This convent was different from others because it was not necessary to deliver a dowry to enter the congregation. The convent cells were small, but had their own bathroom and study area , this feature makes the building in the first apartment of the continent, according to researchers at the Center for the Conservation of Antigua Guatemala .
Visit the Capuchin Convent during your next vacation!
When you stay at Hotel Palacio de Dona Leonor you´ll have the opportunity to walk around and get to know what the city of Antigua Guatemala offers.
A half block from the hotel, you will find the famous Central Park. On the south side of this park, you’ll notice the Palace of the Captains General. This building was built in the sixteenth century. For 200 years was the residence of the Viceroy, the seat of government of all Central America at the time.
One of the unique features of The palace is its 54 arches with colonial architecture located along it’ front facade and facing Central Park, which makes it a great picture opportunity.