Occupy Antigua Plantón

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There was a plantón, sort of an occupy protest, called for many civil organizations to disrupt and put an end to the plans of making the newly restored Palacio de los Capitanes Generales into a commercial center. The palace is now under the control of Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes which has plans of renting some of the spaces for commercial venues, like a coffee shop. If allowed, the Ministry of “Culture” could turn this historic and protected building into a shopping mall, the protesters claimed.

I have reported before that there were plans to make Palacio de los Capitanes the new location for Museo de Santiago, which is the city and departamento’s museum. Museo de Armas de Santiago was, and still is for now, located next to the Municipal government offices; perhaps on the same building and that’s where the original mermaids were on display.

What do you think about turning historic buildings into commercial centers?

Here’s the background information about the restoration works:

After two and half years and Q16 millions/$2 millions spent in renovations Palacio de Los Capitanes has finally opened again. The new façade is painted with yellow and white paint. According to an article in Prensa Libre, CNPAG, the entity in charge of restoring and protecting La Antigua Guatemala, also removed 15 tons of extra weight. There is still a second restoration phase quoted at Q14 million more to be done.

If you’re interested in looking at the façade of Palacio de Los Capitanes before the renovations, please follow the white rabbit to the Palacio de Los Capitanes archives.

  1. Arches Are Us
  2. Visit The Time Tunnel
  3. Captains’ Palace at night in Antigua Guatemala
  4. Architectonic Details: Arches
  5. Leaders of Guatemala’s Independence Movement
  6. Municipal Band Concerts on Fridays

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