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Reviewed 10 November 2020

It was under renovation when we visit however they let us in. Guatemala people are very friendly in the city.

Date of experience: January 2020
2  Thank bethzaidac2016
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Reviewed 6 August 2020

This is the biggest and most important square in the whole country and has had many names along the centuries ... "Plaza Mayor, Plaza Central, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de los Lamentos, Parque Central" and, lately, "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución"! Right after the major earthquakes of 1773, known as the "Terremotos de Santa María", which destroyed the city of "Santiago de los Caballeros" (the actual "Antigua"), the Spanish authorities decided to build a new city - "Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción" (the actual "Ciudad de Guatemala") - replacing the former capital. As traditional in the colonial years, a central square was mandatory in all towns. So, "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución" dates from 1776 and its central fountain, known as "Fuente de Carlos III", was erected in 1779. The square, located in Ciudad de Guatemala's Zone 1, is the very heart of the historical district. It is sided by important buildings and parks, such as the "Palacio Nacional de la Cultura" (the former presidential palace), the "Catedral Metropolitana", the "Biblioteca Nacional de Guatemala", the "Portal del Comércio" and the "Parque Centenário". After the 1976 earthquakes, "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución" was completely renovated, with the construction of an underground parking area. Nevertheless, after the conversion of the presidential palace into a museum, the square has lost much of its past glory and political importance, but it is still an outstanding tourist attraction and should be visited! Enjoy!

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank LuizDutraNeto
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Reviewed 6 October 2019

what a great monument and its architecture is fascinating. the history is very interesting. I admired the building so much!

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank LUCILA T
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Reviewed 6 September 2019 via mobile

Typical central plaza in central and southern American counties. This one has a plaza with a church and a government building. Lots of pigeons. Local people and local vendors too.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 23 July 2019

Strategic place from where you can go and visit the other nearby landmarks. You can also find a lot of street vendors, a lot of pigeons, local people, and of course a nice place to take a rest while exploring the historical route.

Date of experience: May 2019
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