Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala
Santa Catalina arch and Volcan de Agua in June 2005
Santa Catalina arch and Volcan de Agua in June 2005
Official seal of
La Antigua or Antigua
Antigua Guatemala is located in Guatemala
Antigua Guatemala
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°34′N 90°44′W / 14°34′N 90°44′W / 14.567; -90.733
CountryFlag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
DepartmentBandera de Sacatepéquez.svg Sacatepéquez
 • Typemunicipal
 • Total45,669
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Inscription1979 (3rd Session)

Antigua Guatemala (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtiɣwa ɣwateˈmala]), commonly referred to as just Antigua or la Antigua, is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Antigua Guatemala serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. It also serves as the departmental capital of Sacatepéquez Department.


Construction of the Cathedral of Santiago de Guatemala in 1678. Painting by Antonio Ramírez Montúfar

The city had a peak population of some 60,000 in the 1770s; the bulk of the population moved away in the late 18th century. Despite significant population growth in the late 20th century, the city had only reached half that number by the 1990s. At the time of the 2007 census, the city had 34,685 inhabitants.[citation needed]

Other Languages
davvisámegiella: Antigua Guatemala
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Antigua (shahar)
português: Antigua Guatemala
slovenčina: Antigua Guatemala
српски / srpski: Антигва Гватемала
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Antigua Guatemala
українська: Антигуа-Гватемала
Tiếng Việt: Antigua Guatemala
中文: 安地瓜