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Antigua Guatemala is a city in the central mountains of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Baroque architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruined churches. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Antigua is the departmental capital of Sacatepéquez department and has a population of about 33,000 inhabitants.
Antigua Guatemala means the "ancient Guatemala" and it was founded in 1543 and served as Spanish colonial capital of Central America.
In 1773, it suffered two severe earthquakes, which destroyed much of the town. Consequently the city was rebuilt at a safer location, where what is now Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala.

Antigua is surrounded by three large volcanoes.
The most impressive, to the south of the city, is the Volcán de Agua or "Volcano of Water", with a height of 3766 meters. It is so named because the crater at the top it was formerly filled with water.


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