In La Antigua Guatemala, I believe, that nothing can rival the baroque stucco art found on the façade of Iglesia de La Merced. There are other baroque fachadas (façades) in Antigua Guatemala, but honestly, the yellow and white stucco found in La Merced is by far the most baroque of all.
One more thing I learned at my History of Antigua Guatemala certificate course was that baroque was coming into fashion in Guatemala not long before the capital of Central America was being moved from Antigua Guatemala to Guatemala City. Then, Pompeii was discovered and uncovered and architecture in the Western world took a turn away from baroque; that’s why the architecture of Guatemala City is different than the one found in La Antigua Guatemala.
However, this Pompeii architecture influence can be found in many cities through out Europe and North America. For instance, many of the public and government buildings found in the East Coast of the United States also reflect the influence of the architecture of Pompeii. Can you name a few examples?
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