history at Palacio Nacional and beauty at Catedral Metropolitana
history at Palacio Nacional and beauty at Catedral Metropolitana Reviews
Feb 09, 2008
Palacio Nacional or Palacio Nacional de la cultura is located on the north side of Plaza Mayor, the palace was built in an eclectic style, mixing Renaissance, neo-Classical and Baroque styles. The best national artists, including Alfredo Galvez Suarez, Julio Urruela, Rodolfo Galiotti Torres and Carlos Rigalt, participated in the construction of this building, commissioned by then President of the Republic of Guatemala General Jorge Ubico between 1936 and 1943.
National Palace (translated to english) is a 5 story building with basement and an underground tunel that communicates with the Casa Crema (the creme house) located in the back of the palace, this used to function as the presidential home. The National Palace also counts with gardens, hallways, monuments, balconies, fountains, front and back yards, ballrooms, stain-glass windows and offices.
Until a few years ago, this was the site of the presidential offices. Today it functions as an art gallery showing Guatemalan paintings. Groups can arrange guided tours and learn more about the history of this magnificent building and its contents. Incidentally, the palace's drawing room contains the exact center of Guatemala, called "kilometro cero."
Actor Mel Gibson visited Palacio Nacional when presenting "Apocalipto" movie World Wide premier in Guatemala City.
also stars among Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, Presidents Bill Clinton, Bladimir Putin, George W. bush visited while in Guatemala.
Started to be built between 1782 and 1815, it houses beautiful treasures from Guatemala of the years 1500 till our date, also has paintings, monuments from the metropolitan Cathedral from Antigua Guatemala.
It has suffer 3 mayor earthquakes, in 1830, 1917 and 1976, which has obligated to restore parts of the original cathedral.
Its really worth watching its interior altars, one central Mayor altar, where pope John Paul II, first visit to Guatemala, then gave a mass with a massive assistance, transmited thru large screens for a full crowded catholic assitance at the central plaza and central park. two smaller altars on the sides are worth watching, as they contrast with the rest of the original architecture.
Next to it, is located the Palacio Arzobispal used as headquarters for Catholic offices.
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