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Guatemala

Do you know Guatemala?

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 17, 2006 at 08:16:30 :: Guatemala

Guatemala (the land of the trees in the Maya-Toltec language), is a country of 14 million inhabitants, located in Central America, between Honduras and Belize and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Guatemala City


The capital, Guatemala City, is a city of more than 1 million inhabitants.

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Guatemala, Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 18, 2013 at 10:50:30

Location Department of Izabal, Guatemala
Coordinates N15 16 14.124 W89 2 24.9
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/149 )

Inhabited since the 2nd century A.D., Quirigua had become during the reign of Cauac Sky (723–84) the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. The ruins of Quirigua contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and an impressive series of carved stelae and sculpted calendars that constitute an essential source for the study of Mayan civilization.

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Quirigua

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Guatemala, Tikal National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 18, 2013 at 10:43:36

Location Department of El Peten, Guatemala
Coordinates N17 13 0 W89 37 0
Property 57,600 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/64 )

In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Remains of dwellings are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside.

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Temple, Tikal National Park Great Plaza, Tikal National Park

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Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, February 18, 2013 at 10:34:10

Location Department of Sacatepéquez, Panchoy Valley, Guatemala
Coordinates N14 34 0 W90 40 0
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65 )

Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments.

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Santa Catalina arch, Antigua El Carmen church, Antigua

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