Iglesia San José El Viejo sign

Iglesia San José El Viejo sign

It seems like most churches and buildings in La Antigua Guatemala have a sign similar to the one above. Another such sign was published a few months ago as Real Casa de la Moneda (Royal Minting House), now the offices for the SAT, short for Superintendencia de Administración Tributaria, which is the Guatemalan equivalent of IRS.

If you read both signs, you can see that both signs have terremotos (earthquakes) as part of their history.

By the way, I have come across a book which has some chronicles and anecdotes of the mayor earthquakes that affected and finally destroyed the Central American capital of Santiago de Guatemala, nowadays La Antigua Guatemala between 1541 and 1773. They are chilling stories of fear and destruction. Would you like to post some of them?

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  • Erick!

    I’ve been blessed and fortunate enough that I’ve never experienced a strong earthquake (and hopefully never will), but I do find it extremely interesting how powerful mother nature can be.  The thickness of the walls of the churches found in Antigua is simply mesmerizing and I can’t even imagine how scary it would be to be inside on of those establishments during a strong quake.