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.
When you think of Antigua Guatemala what image crosses your mind? Surely in your memories will appear the famous Arch. But do you know its history?
The Arch is a bridge that connected two parts of a convent known as St. Catherine Virgin and Martyr. This place was inhabited by nuns who lived isolated from the world. The number of members grew while construction was not big enough. This event was the reason they asked permission to occupy the opposite building. Initially, they wanted to build a tunnel to avoid being seen, but finally decided to create an arched walkway.
The construction began in 1693. Over time, the Arch was damaged by earthquakes but despite this, today the structure is maintained in good condition.
During your next visit be sure to check more closely the Arch of Santa Catalina in Antigua Guatemala!
Antigua´s architecture was originally inspired from the architecture in Seville, Spain. In this type of architecture, fountains are a key component. While you visit the Central Park of Antigua Guatemala, you´ll notice a fountain with beautiful mermaids. This fountain was inspired by Neptune Fountain located in Bologna, Italy and was built by Diego de Porres in 1738.
According to historical documents, Diego de Porres was inspired by Italian Renaissance books brought from Italy. He was particularly inspired by the Neptune Fountain built by Giovanni Bologna.
The original heads of the mermaids were destroyed over the centuries and the torsos ended up in the rubble of the Archbishop’s Palace. Discovered around 1944, they were used by Roberto González Goyri in his recreation of the fountain designing new heads.