This is the entrance to the building that once was occupied by the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC). It was one of the first universities in America; maybe the third university for the whole continent, after Mexico and Peru. It was officially declared a university on January 31st, 1676 by royal command of the King Charles II of Spain. It had previously been known as the School of Saint Thomas, founded in 1562 by the priest Francisco Marroquín. The University finally gained international acceptance by Official Decree from Pope Innocent XI, on June 18th, 1687. More history about the USAC in Wikipedia. I will post more photos of the interior of the building.
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