The capital of Guatemala has the same name as thea country. Natives call it very gently - Gvate, while the official name of the main city of the state sounds pompous and solemn. The old name of the city - New Guatemala of the Assumption.
The modern capital is not too gracious toguests dangers lurk at every turn. At the same time, this is a very colorful city where history and modernity are intertwined closely, colorful, very bright tangle.
Known base year for future capital Guatemala- 1524, and its founders, the conquistadors. First there was the city of Santiago, but it was buried under ash and lava terrible volcano. It was decided to build a new main city of Antigua, but he was not lucky - the same story with the earthquake.
Charles III of, King of Spain, has decided to return capitalon original place. So there was a city with a name already known - Guatemala, however, in its history, it has not yet had time to experience the effects of volcanic eruptions. Therefore, the city can now boast a large number of historical monuments.
And yet, in Guatemala City, you can have fun while learning the main sights, which are considered among the most interesting:
- historic center with preserved old buildings;
- places of worship in the first place, the Christian churches;
- museums representing the history and culture of ancient and modern Guatemala.
Which direction to choose - eachGuatemalan guest decides for himself. But there are in the capital, a place where every traveler is coming - it is the National Palace. Interest is its architecture, which represents the traditional cocktail Guatemala, colonial and French neoclassicism. Inside, tourists pay attention to the beautiful murals of local artist Alfredo Suarez, who has reproduced the history of Guatemala from the colonial time until independence.
Earlier the palace acted as headquartersGuatemalan President. But because of its artistic, historical and cultural value, it was decided to establish a museum in it. Who conducted sightseeing tours in the palace halls, often held exhibitions, exhibitions of contemporary painting or sculpture.