Calle del Obispo Marroquín Sign

Calle del Obispo Marroquín Sign

I was very impressed to find out many of you knew about the original street name signs and also knew where they were located, or rather which original street names correspond to present day nomenclature.

Can you tell me what’s the present day street or avenue that before was called Calle del Obispo Marroquín?

Here’s the Wikipedia entry on Francisco Marroquín:

Francisco Marroquín (1499 – April 18, 1563) was an early bishop of Guatemala and translator of Central American languages.

Marroquín was born in Santander, Spain. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Huesca.[1] After entering the priesthood, Marroquín became a professor at the University of Osma where he met Bishop García de Loaisa, an adviser to Emperor Charles V.[2]

After first arriving in Mexico, he traveled to Guatemala with the soldier Pedro de Alvarado in May 1528. On April 11, 1530, he was appointed parish priest of Guatemala. On December 18, 1534, he was made bishop of Santiago and later provisional governor of Guatemala.[1]

Marroquín founded the School of Saint Thomas in 1559 (now the University of San Carlos of Guatemala) as part of his efforts to educate the native people. He became a scholar of the K’iche’ language and published the first catechism in that language.[3]

As always, follow the white rabbit if you want to learn a little more about Francisco Marroquín.

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  • Buzz

    It took me forever (O.K., only a month) to figure this one out. This is the original name of 4a. Avienda Norte. If you were to step back, you would see the Citibank sign just to the left (corner of 4a Avienda Norte and 4a. Calle Oriente (Calle de la Concepción, according to one map I checked).

    I was in Citibank on Friday to cash a check and saw a sign that announced that they were closing that branch effective Monday, May 2. I asked a teller if they were moving to a new location and was told that they were not. Things must be bad when banks voluntarily close.

    On another note, I won a postcard from you on March 15. You had said that you would drop it off at Asociación Transiciones, Colonia Candelaria, Casa #80. I’ve never seen it, but would like to. You can find me here most days from 9 a.m. – noon and 2 – 4 p.m. On Friday afternoons, around 3:00 p.m., you can find some great wheelchair basketball photo opportunities on the basketball court in front of the Candelaria church ruins on 1a. Avienda Norte (Calle de la Candelaria). The guys are currently training to represent Guatemala at a major international tournament in Mexico City in November.

    • @Buzz, I still have your post card with me, but I haven’t found the time to come by… maybe it will be easier for me to just put it in the mail. I’ve busy with XelaDailyPhoto, GuatemalaDailyPhoto and AgendaCulturalAntigua.com websites; sorry. 🙁 Thanks for heads up regarding the photo opts.

      • Buzz

        Rudy, I understand perfectly. Just keep the great photos coming on-line. Also, thank’s for the AgendaCulturalAntigua link. I’ve not seen that one and will keep it handy.