Antigua Guatemala

UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationDepartment of Sacatepéquez, Panchoy Valley
CoordinatesN14 34 0 W90 40 0
Inscription Date1979
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsCommercial development
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
All ThreatsEffects arising from use of transportation infrastructure
All ThreatsEarthquake
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsManagement activities
Unesco Reference Number65
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionAntigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. Built 1,500 m above sea-level, in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773 but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments.
StatusWorld Heritage Site