Lesser Known Antigua — Abandoned or ruined houses

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; The aesthetics of abandonment in La Antigua Guatemala

Sometimes we obviate things that we find on our normal routines. Take this abandoned house for instance, hundreds of buses go by it everyday, but how many people actually pay attention to it, I wonder.

La Antigua Guatemala is a place where abandonment looks good and even it’s a desired look. By the way, the city of Santiago de Guatemala, now La Antigua Guatemala was actually abandoned around 1776, or rather people were forced to abandon it. This is quite possibly why it even still exists as it is now.

As I have mentioned before, most of the ruins and old monasteries still look abandoned, with cracks, broken arches, fallen down cupolas, rusted metal works, chipped paint layers, et cetera. Basically, at least half of the city looks like is in ruins and it is, but that’s precisely appealing architectonic aesthetics of La Antigua Guatemala, don’t you agree?

Of course, as you walk around town, you do encounter properties that are abandoned.

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