Sights in Guatemala city

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Modern Guatemala City is a bustling, fast-paced growing city that contributes to the enjoyment of visitors with places such as the National Palace, the Cathedral de la Antigua and a number of interesting museums. Check out the different subsections for more information on these exciting places.

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Relief Map of the Republic

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Located at the end of Simeon Cañas Avenue, in the northern sector of the City, was built in 1905 by Mr. Francisco Vela, an engineer. The map covers approximately 990 square meters. It can be viewed from platforms located on each side of the map.

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address:Simeon Cañas Avenue

National Palace

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The National Palace, at Constitution Plaza, is one of the most prominent historical buildings in the city. Murals by Alfredo Gálvez Suárez depict the conquest of Guatemala. Some of the ornate state chambers in the building can be visited with permission obtained in advance.

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The Cathedral of La Antigua

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Bordering on Central Park, was built between 1782 and 1868. The Cathedral harbors many art treasures including some which were originally in the Cathedral of La Antigua Guatemala. Next to the Cathedral is the Archbishop's Palace, the residence dating back to the early Colonial period.

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Kaminal Juyú

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Located in the western section of Guatemala City (zone 7), Kaminal Juyú is one of the most important sites of the pre-Hispanic Period. Although the city's growth has destroyed a great deal of what once was a large archaeological site, it still has outstanding features, such as ceramics, sculptures and architecture. Recent studies show important applications of engineering techniques. While its history dates back to the Early Pre-classical Period, the actual inhabitants of this ancient city are yet unknown, since remains have disclosed the presence of various cultural groups.

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address:Suburb of Kaminal Juyú
openinghours:Mon - Sun, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Zona Viva / Reforma Avenue

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Reforma Avenue is the most important artery of the southern part of the City, and is a combination of residential area, shopping arcades, hotels, restaurantes, bars, and night clubs. There are also art galleries and artisan shops. The zone is known as the "Live Zone" as it is well sought out for entertainment and commercial activity.

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Popol Vuh

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The Popol Vuh Museum is located on the campus of the Francisco Marroquin. Along with the Museo Ixchel one of the country’s most impressive museums is the Museo Popol Vuh which has an excellent collection of Maya artifacts and contemporary folk art. In 1997, the Popol Vuh Museum opened the doors to its new installations in the Cultural Complex of the Francisco Marroquín University, Here, more than 400 archaeological and colonial treasures are on permanent display. A visit to Museum is like a walk through time. The exhibit galleries are organized chronologically beginning with more..

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address:6 Calle Final, Zona 10 in Guatemala City.
openings:Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm and Sat 9am to 1pm.
tel:(502) 361-2301 or (502) 361-2311

Museum of Archeology

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If you have enough time visit the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology to see archaeological displays.

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Plaza Mayor

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Don’t miss the National Palace on the north side of Plaza Mayor in Guatemala City’s historic center. Built in the 1940s it served as offices for the president before it was converted into a museum. Murals by A. Galvez Suarez depict Guatemala’s conquest by the Spaniards and the death of Tecun Uman a famous Maya warrior. Many cultural events take place in an adjoining amphitheater.

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Mueso Ixchel

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Start with a visit to the Museo Ixchel which is dedicated exclusively to the collection and preservation of the colorful Guatemalan native costumes and weavings (allow about two hours). If you’re planning to spend time outside the city stop and look at the giant relief map of Guatemala in Minerva Park.

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Central Market

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The Central Market is one block from the plaza behind the cathedral. It contains every kind of handicraft made in the country

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