Rewind: UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Guatemala
Today’s “UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites of” is concentrating on Guatemala.
Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country positioned in Central America, surrounded by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
This country, which capital city is Guatemala City, is renowned for having some of the most beautiful ancient Mayan sites.
For this, it is not a surprise that the UNESCO selected a few—more precisely three— to included under the World Heritage Sites’ List.
As I mentioned above, Guatemala has only three sites listed under UNESCO, two cultural and one mixed natural and cultural.
The two cultural are: Antigua Guatemala (1979), and Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua (1981), whereas the mixed one is Tikal National Park (1979).
Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua is positioned in the Department of Izabal in Guatemala. It spans 34 hectares and features woderful 8th-century monuments. All the ruins can be dated back to 426 AD and 810 AD.
Tikal National Park is completely immersed in the jungle. Surrounded by vegetation it presents beautiful Mayan constructions built between the 6th century B.C. and the 10th century A.D. Tikal National park not only shows a beautiful flora, but also one-of-a-kind historical ruins.
Antigua Guatemala used to be the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, and it was founded in the early 16th century. Even thou in 1773 the city was hit by a violent earthquake, which destroyed most of the buildings, Antigua’s principal monuments are still preserved as ruins.
In addition to this, if and when you plan a vacation in Guatemala you should try and synchronise it with the Semana Santa in Antigua, the most popular national festival, during which people celebrate Christ’s crucifixion with colourful parades. The Semana Santa in Antigua takes place around Easter.
(All the photos are taken from Google.com, and all belong to their original owners)