Now, I don’t know if the fireplace was an element of the original house from La Antigua Guatemala, but in recent years it looks like, under the influence of the expat community, the fireplace has become commonplace inside all the new houses. I say that I am not sure about the fireplace being an original architectonic element of the casa antigüeña since the weather in and around Antigua is always Spring season year-round.
The word for living room in Spanish is sala and the word for fireplace is chimenea which also applies for chimney and chiminea.
Can anybody say for sure if fireplaces were common in the original colonial homes?
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