#1,111: Alameda Santa Rosa

Alameda Santa Rosa

According to my dashboard, today’s entry is number 1111. Go figure!

Alameda is the Spanish word for tree-line road or pathway. La Antigua Guatemala has three alamedas from its original drawn grid of 1543. The three alamedas are Alameda Santa Lucía, Alameda Santa Rosa and Alameda del Calvario. I believe this is the first time I show you Alameda Santa Rosa.

All three Alamedas represented the outer limits of Santiago de Guatemala, now known as La Antigua de Guatemala, for several centuries. Nowadays, all three Alamedas are inside the main grid or Historic Center of La Antigua Guatemala.

Most people do not know that the tree-lined street running up the El Calvario Church is an Alameda. Most people now call Alameda Santa Lucía as Calzada Santa Lucía even though there are no calzadas in La Antigua Guatemala.

Believe it or not what you call the Santa Lucí­a Street is the biggest controversy on this 6-block-long avenue. See, most people call it Calzada Santa Lucí­a; calzada is one of the Spanish words for paved avenue/street or road. Those who know and pay attention to the signage, would tell you there are no calzadas anywhere in La Antigua Guatemala. You should call it Alameda Santa Lucí­a; alameda being the Spanish word for a tree-lined street/throughway.

This controversy has gotten so big that spilled out of the 6-block avenue onto the rest of La Antigua Guatemala. Most cheap and poorly researched maps would have Alameda Santa Lucí­a as a Calzada. (… continue reading)

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  • Alameda Santa Rosa has always been one of my favorite areas of La Antigua… I missed the anniversary yesterday so I’ll congratulate you on your 1,111 post instead ; ) Felicidades!

  • @Jenn Klee, I really like Alameda Santa Rosa as well. Thanks for all your wonderful feedback. Muchas gracias.

  • Michelle Tedesco

    I have walked those streets many times, and wished I lived there. Congradulations for the great photos during the past 3 years.

  • Stephanie

    I love the lower part of this photo and how the texture of the stones mixes with the shadows from the trees.

  • emromesco

    Pues I love the shadows of the trees on the stones. I nice picture to wake up to on a sunny Sunday morning… here in the true north.

  • Hi Rudy!
    Gorgeous shot for a few reasons.
    1. It’s just lovely:)
    2. Its the street right behind my new house to be
    3. I can’t wait to walk around this gorgeous street:)

  • Pattie

    Thanks so much for this pic! I used to live “al fin de la alameda”, and I miss La Antigua very much. This makes me reminiscent…. As always, I enjoy your work very much. Thank you!

  • Eric

    Rudy, this is one of those pictures that makes me sigh, because I can smell the flowers in the air, the ocote from the fireplaces, and maybe a little bit of volcanic ash ? Ja-ja-ja. Very nice photo. It definitely has that, ” Where will this road lead ?” quality to it !