Biography of Pedro de Alvarado
Pedro de Alvarado was born in Spain in 1485. He participated in the conquest of Cuba, Mexico and Central America. He was called “Tonatiuh” or Sun God by the Aztecs because of his blonde hair, white skin and blue eyes. He had a strong personality and was known for his violence during the battles.
He married twice, first to a Spanish noblewoman called Francisca de la Cueva, who was related to the Duke of Albuquerque and later when she died, he married with her sister, Beatriz de la Cueva. Don Pedro de Alvarado also had a native companion, Doña Luisa Xicotencatl. She was given to him by Hernán Cortés and she followed him on most of his travels.
After the Conquest of Guatemala, he became the governor of the region until his death in 1541, while he was in an expedition in Mexico.
Learn more details of his life resting in the Master Suit of Pedro de Alvarado in Hotel Palacio de Doña Leonor!
Reconstruction of a centenary city: Antigua Guatemala
Buildings in Antigua Guatemala are beautiful examples of the colonial architecture. They keep the rich of history inside their walls. However, by pass of time they suffered the consequences of natural phenomenon and most of them got damaged. This increased the desire of people to rebuild them.
There are some documents wrote by foreign and religious people who visited the city in the years of 1800 and 1841 in which they describe a city in bad state. It was until 1850 and 1855 when some buildings got rebuild. Some examples are the Palace of the General Captains and the Cathedral.
¡Admire these beautiful and historical buildings during your next visit to Antigua Guatemala!
Antigua Guatemala, Human Patrimony
Nowadays, Antigua Guatemala is one of the principal tourist places of Guatemala, even if in the past was an abandoned city to create another capital. This happened because some people returned and gave it life during the pass of years.
Its colonial architecture makes it a jewel for the urbanism and architecture. This is a city where time has stop. Each building tells a different story and most of the old traditions are still alive.
In 1979 the city of Antigua Guatemala was declared by UNESCO as a “Human Patrimony”.
If you´re looking to learn more about history and meet the greatness of this country, this is a city you have to visit!