Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th and, with it, the largest celebration in the world for Lent and Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala!
This month we celebrate the National Council for the Protection of La Antigua Guatemala 50th anniversary with a number of cultural activities.
Antigua was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List during the 3rd Session of the World Heritage Committee at Luxor, Egypt held from October 22 – 26, 1979 as the 65th site.
My first glance of Antigua in 1968 was that of a remarkable city with cordial people and colonial homes. Most of the 30 colonial churches, hospitals and government palaces were in ruins or a bad state of repair as they had not been used much since 1773 when the capital was moved to Guatemala
The most photographed monument in this remarkable city is, without a doubt, the Arch framed with the Agua Volcano or La Merced Church!