A city to visit in the highlands of Guatemala is Antigua. This place is known for architecture that is built on the lines of Spanish Baroque culture. There are several ancient ruins here as well as colonial churches that are important historic landmarks here. This city is known to be the capital city of the Kingdom of Guatemala. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this serves as a municipal seat as well.
The population of this ancient city grew considerably in the 20th century. Having been founded on the day of Saint James, it is called the city of this patron saint. The Spanish colonies have predominated here and from the main culture and community of this city.
- This historic city has several religious and historical landmarks worth discovering. Many historic structures here date back to the seventeenth century. The Santa Catalina Arch is one such landmark archway that was built in the seventeenth century and has a clock that was built in the nineteenth century.
- Cerro de la Cruz is another landmark area here that is a scenic viewpoint which has a stone cross. With sweeping views of Volcan Agua, the spot has a cross that was put here in the 1930s.
- Iglesia de La Merced is an eighteenth century church here. This iconic church of Antigua Guatemala dates back to 1767. The building has a façade of ornate yellow and convent ruins that are all around.
- Other places of interest comprise of the Iglesia y Convento de Las Capuchinas. This is another church area and the ruins of a convent that existed here in the eighteenth century. The nunnery has a church, nuns’ cells and courtyard along with a church and tower that is a must see. Another similar place which is a church and convent is the Iglesia de San Francisco.
- The Monasterio de Santo Domingo in Antigua Guatemala is a museum which was a monastery and Santo Domingo church. Today its ruins are here and these date back to 1583.