Ciudad Vieja Cathedral Dome

Ciudad Vieja Cathedral Dome

I guess that if you live in a town overcrowded with churches, you are bound to photograph them often; even if you don’t mean to. It’s been only four days since a church popped into the background of my mobile library chicken bus shot and only a week since the San Francisco El Grande Church got in the way of my photo of a monk. What can I do?

In the picture above you can see the dome of the Ciudad Vieja Cathedral; a town four kilometers away from La Antigua Guatemala. Now a little trivia information. Ciudad Vieja was the second settlement of Guatemala City right before they moved it to where La Antigua Guatemala is now. Thus, its name means Old City or Ciudad Vieja in Spanish (check the aerial shots of Ciudad Vieja).

La Antigua Guatemala means almost the same thing; it could be translated as The Old Guatemala City. So, now that you know Antigua means old, you can understand that calling the city old is a misnomer since the word old is only the adjective modifying the name Guatemala. When people just use Antigua instead of La Antigua Guatemala is almost like if we only used “new” for New York or New Zealand or “San” for San Francisco. On top of it, the single word Antigua refers to a Caribbean Island.

Countdown side note: Tomorrow La Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo site will be celebrating its one-year anniversary. Thank You All!

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