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Parque Central Walking Tour (Self Guided), Antigua

Parque Central is the center of social life for the residents in Antigua. What makes the park so popular for tourists is the opportunity to visit a good number of famous buildings around the park. Follow this self guided walk to explore the history behind the buildings at the very center of the city.
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Parque Central Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Parque Central Walking Tour
Guide Location: Guatemala » Antigua (See other walking tours in Antigua)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles
Author: Nick
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros
  • Palacio de los Capitanes
  • Cathedral of Saint Joseph
  • Museo del Libro Antiguo
  • Palacio del Ayuntamiento
  • Portal de las Panaderas
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Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros

1) Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros

The Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros is located in front of Central Park, at City Hall. The museum offers five exhibition rooms with ancient paintings and sculptures. In one of these rooms, tourists may observe a frame representing the old city, as well as witness other important changes to the city. Swords, cannons, and muskets are also exhibited here.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10 am- 4 pm.
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Palacio de los Capitanes

2) Palacio de los Capitanes (must see)

Palacio de los Capitanes is located in the southeast corner of Central Plaza. Palacio de los Capitanes is another popular tourist attraction, constructed with a wooden floor and stunning arches that support the entire structure. The historical landmark was constructed in the middle of 16th century and was once the residence of the Viceroy, head offices for the government of Central America, for 200 years.
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Cathedral of Saint Joseph

3) Cathedral of Saint Joseph (must see)

Antigua Guatemala Cathedral (Spanish: Cathedral de San José) is a Roman Catholic church in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala. The original church was built around 1541, but suffered several earthquakes throughout its history, and the first church building was demolished in 1669. The cathedral was rebuilt and consecrated in 1680. By 1743 the cathedral was one of the largest in Central America. However, the devastating 1773 Guatemala earthquake seriously damaged much of the building, though the two towers at the front remained largely intact. The cathedral has been partly rebuilt since the early earthquake.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museo del Libro Antiguo

4) Museo del Libro Antiguo

Guatemala’s first printing press was established here in 1660. In 1956, the building became home to the Museum del Libro Antiguo. Among the exhibits, visitors will find a copy of the original printing press along with an overview of the history of printing, the will of Hermano Pedro - Guatemala’s most well known religious character - as well as a room dedicated to the process of making marbled paper.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 12 pm and from 2 pm - 4 pm.
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Palacio del Ayuntamiento

5) Palacio del Ayuntamiento (must see)

Antigua's City Hall, or "Palacio del Ayuntamiento," is located across Central Park, next to the Cathedral. The original building features several different session rooms, a jail, as well as a prison chapel. Restoration efforts were led by architect Diego de Porres in the middle of the 18th century.
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Portal de las Panaderas

6) Portal de las Panaderas

In the heart of the city, or the front of Parque Central, tourists will be quick to notice a long building with several slim columns. This building is called the Portal de las Panaderas, or Baker’s Porch. The walls continue to maintain the secrets of the colonial past, offering a fountain and large assortment of cafés inside the court.

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Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
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Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
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Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles