Typical Architectonic Details from Antigua

Typical Architectonic Details from Antigua Guatemala

A quick search for architectonic details throws beams, arches, baroque elements, Spanish-tile roofs, windows, doorways, et-cetera. Each an individual entry showing a distinct aspect or element of the colonial architecture of La Antigua Guatemala. In today’s photo I was able to capture several elements: the cupola, the window with its ironworks crate, the ojo de buey (bull’s eye) window, the Spanish-tile roof.

Somehow, I believe, the colonial architecture of La Antigua Guatemala is much more than the sum of its elements. What do you think?

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  • Eric

    Rudy, I don’t know if I can describe the architecture of La Antigua, or how all the elements work together, but I know I like it very, very much. Maybe it’s the memories of theme-parks from my childhood with “Mexican Villages” in them (none of which, to my grown-up eyes, look very “mexican” at all), maybe it’s the fact that so many of our older buildings here were demolished a long time ago … I’m not sure why it works for me, but it does. The city is amazingly beautiful. I show dozens of photos of street scenes from La Antigua when I return to los EEUU, everyone agrees that the city is absolutely beautiful … but no one wants to visit with me. En esta mano, ‘Que lastima’, pero en la otra – mas Moza para mi !

    • Oh, well in Spanish we say puedes llevar el caballo al río, pero no puedes forzarlo a que beba. More Mozas for us! 🙂

  • Yes, there is something about the architecture that is so appealing to the eye… That, combined with the volcanoes, its people, colors, even the rain, are all just wonderful, ;O) I’m so glad to be here, ;O)

    • @Arturo, we are glad you are here. The residents of the sister Republic of El Petén are always welcome!

  • One of the many reasons I’m in love with LAG! Nice photo!!

  • @Rudy, you forgot the sister Republic of Izabal, ;O) Oh, wait, Republic? hmmm? hahahaha!!!!