Plaza de la Constitución (Central Park), Guatemala City

Plaza de la Constitución (Central Park), Guatemala City

Plaza de la Constitucion (Constitution Square) is the largest square in Guatemala. It is also known as Plaza de las Ninas (Girls' Square), Guy Urban Park, or, most often, Central Park. Central Park is surrounded by the National Palace of Culture, the Cathedral of Guatemala City, the Gate of Commerce, and the National Library of Guatemala.

Central Park was created in 1776 to accompany the cathedral. The areas that now hold some of the most important buildings in the country were gardens and shopping arcades. Though the buildings were added around the site over the years, the square itself remained mostly untouched until the late 19th century when a beautification project was championed by President Jose Maria Reyna Barrios.

Since the square's construction, it has been an important part of the history of the country. Guerilla attacks in the 1980s and tragic lynchings in the 1920s are some of the darkest events that have taken place in the square. However, it is also the location of celebrations, parades, and concerts.

Today, visitors will see a space that is catered to tourists. There are numerous shaded spots to rest, food carts, and souvenir stands. The square is open daily.

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Sight Name: Plaza de la Constitución (Central Park)
Sight Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala (See walking tours in Guatemala City)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Guatemala City, Guatemala

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