This scale model is an open-air public monument that represents the geography of Guatemala. It was designed in 1904 by ... More
Mapa en Relieve
This scale model is an open-air public monument that represents the geography of Guatemala. It was designed in 1904 by Engineer Francisco Vela and covers 1,800 square meters. This relief map shows all natural and non-natural geographical features like rivers, lakes, volcanoes, ports, railways, roads, provinces, districts and important locations. Due to its historical and artistic value, it is considered national heritage. This work is unique in the world, as no other country has a relief map of such dimensions. There are two vantage points. In order to produce this map, Engineer Francisco Vela went around the national territory on foot and horseback to make the necessary calculations and grasp the country's different features and geography. Next to the map there is a small forest formed by a group of hormigo trees, the wood of which is used to make marimbas. These trees were planted in commemoration of the marimba tradition in Guatemala. At the end of the tour you can visit the shop, which offers postcards, books and brochures with information on this work.
In Colonial times San Jose was the headquarters of the city's association of carpenters. It was inaugurated in 1783, but
due to the earthquakes of 1917, 1918 and 1976 the building collapsed and after the last earthquake it was ...
The construction of this beautiful temple started in 1816. It was refurbished after being partially destroyed by the earthquake of
1976. The church still remains, but the convent disappeared after the expropriation that took place during General Justo Rufino ...
This temple mixes Baroque and neo classical architectural styles. The high altar contains the wooden images of Jesús Crucificado and
La Pasión. The church also shows the image of Inmaculada Concepción, a sculpture which was donated by Carlos V. ...
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