Thursday Doors: Antigua, Guatemala

On our Panama Canal cruise in March, we stopped at the port of Puerto Ixtapa, Guatemala and from there we took a bus to Antigua. In Spanish, antigua means “ancient” – this historic city was founded in the early 16th century and spent 200 years as the colonial capital of Guatemala. Surrounded by volcanoes and earthquake prone, the city was largely destroyed in 1773 by an earthquake. However, many of its historic buildings were preserved as ruins.

We took a walking tour of downtown Antigua and were captivated by the charm of this small city, whose population is about 45,000 inhabitants. Here is a sampling of Antigua’s doors:

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Bilingual sign at the entrance to a Thai restaurant, “Rocio”

 

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Many shops that sell handicrafts are housed in old buildings with walls damaged by earthquakes.

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Cathedral of Antigua

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The same door from the outside and the inside:

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Norm’s Thursday Doors 6/22/17

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