Ciudad Vieja Cathedral Dome

Ciudad Vieja Cathedral Dome

I guess that if you live in a town overcrowded with churches, you are bound to photograph them often; even if you don’t mean to. It’s been only four days since a church popped into the background of my mobile library chicken bus shot and only a week since the San Francisco El Grande Church got in the way of my photo of a monk. What can I do?

In the picture above you can see the dome of the Ciudad Vieja Cathedral; a town four kilometers away from La Antigua Guatemala. Now a little trivia information. Ciudad Vieja was the second settlement of Guatemala City right before they moved it to where La Antigua Guatemala is now. Thus, its name means Old City or Ciudad Vieja in Spanish (check the aerial shots of Ciudad Vieja).

La Antigua Guatemala means almost the same thing; it could be translated as The Old Guatemala City. So, now that you know Antigua means old, you can understand that calling the city old is a misnomer since the word old is only the adjective modifying the name Guatemala. When people just use Antigua instead of La Antigua Guatemala is almost like if we only used “new” for New York or New Zealand or “San” for San Francisco. On top of it, the single word Antigua refers to a Caribbean Island.

Countdown side note: Tomorrow La Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo site will be celebrating its one-year anniversary. Thank You All!

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  • Once again another nice shot. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. Looking forward to year number two. 🙂

  • Meg

    And is it pronounced the same way as the Caribbean Island?

    Over here, it’s been your birthday all day!!!

  • Nice photograph. I like it after the bookmobile shots.

    My Theme Day is of a city unto itself, with its own zip code, and a portrait of the “Peashooter” at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Hope you like flying.

  • Jerry

    I love all of the church shots. The historic value and the structure of these building is amazing. So different and such survivors over the years. I am constantly amazed at how old structures are in other parts of the world. Everything is Texas is relatively young in comparison, mostly less than 150 years old.

  • AGS

    Congrats on your 1st yr. anniversary!! I lived in Antigua Guatemala until I was 13 years old and love your pictures.

  • Mary-Kate

    congrats on the first year!

    really looking forward to the second one!


  • Rudy, I thought today was your anniversary… but almost!!
    What a great photo, I love the blue sky… 😉

  • Sandra

    One year? Incredible
    Rudy you really have done an amazing job. Your photos are great and your commentaries bring them to life. This is your lil sister talking, “how do you know so much about so many things?” Felicitaciones en tu aniversario

  • Catherine

    Congratulations – I love your pictures. We are coming to La Antigua on a medical team. Your blog has bee the most informative and the pictures… breathtaking! We can’t wait. Thank you so much for your hard work.

  • Glad to read about the name of La Antigua Guatemala. I need to fix my flickr tags….

    I enjoy the information you provide with each photo.

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  • Nathaly Reyes

    It’s a beautiful city, the church is really beautiful, I like and I need speak Spanish. Glad to read about the name of Antigua I need to fix my flickr tags…

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