My biggest worry about getting to the old capital of Guatemala (generally just called Antigua), was that I would have to change buses in the very scary sounding Guatemala City. In the end this wasn’t necessary as I found a minibus direct from Copan. The bus stopped for breakfast on the way and it may be there that I contracted the food poisoning which struck shortly after I checked into my hostel. It wasn’t too awful and as I’d decided to stay for two days, in the mistaken belief that I wouldn’t be able to see it all in one, I had time to get well enough for a light potter around town.
Antigua was founded in the early sixteenth century but mostly destroyed by a 1773 earthquake, after which the capital was moved to Guatemala City. The remains of churches destroyed then are still standing as empty shells.
In appearance the town reminded me very much of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico with a similar feel and architecture and with the usual rectilinear colonial layout.
There are a lot of tourist here and consequently a lot of ladies selling embroidered tablecloths, kitchen pot holders and the like in the main square. To encourage you to buy they like to suggest that you buy something as a gift for a friend “or an enemy”!
As I mostly wandered around weakly, stopping frequently for tea and a read I didn’t see all the town had to offer. But of what I did visit, my favourite building in Antigua was this church with delicate decoration that makes me think of icing on a wedding cake.
Since I wouldn’t have been able render the detail in Lego I instead went for this street view for my model:
Which came out like this:
One thing that I have not been able to get to the bottom of is why this plaque is in the main square, just in front of the Cathedral.
I’ve tried Googling it but of course just get a load of nut job clap trap.