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"Guatemala City (Parque Central)" Top 5 Page for this destination Guatemala Things to Do Tip by worldtraveler55

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  Parque Central
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  • Parque Central - Guatemala
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  • Palacio Nacional de Cultura - Guatemala
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  • Catedral Metropolitana - Guatemala
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  • Guatemala City (Parque Central) - Guatemala
  • Guatemala City (Parque Central) - Guatemala

Pargue Central

The standard colonial urban-planning scheme required every town in the New World to have a large plaza for military exercices and ceremonies.
On the north side of the plaza was usually the palacio de gobierno (colonial gouvernement headquaters).
On another side, preferably the east, would be a church (or cathedral) .
On the other sides of the square there could be additional civic buildings or the imposing mansions of wealthy citizens.
On the north side of the Parque Central is the imposing Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, built as a presidential palace between 1936 and 1943. Architecturally the palace is one of the country's most interresting conctructions, a melange of multiple earlier styles from Spanish Renaissance to Neoclassical. Today, most government offices have been removed from here and it's open as a museum and for ceremonial events.
The Catedral Metropolitana was constructed between 1782 and 1815. (the towers where finished in 1867) it has survived earthquake and fire well, though the quake of 1917 did substantial damage and the one of 1976 did even more.

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