The construction of the INVO

Friday, October 24, 2014 | by
The construction of the INVO

The construction of the INVO

On the 9th of February of 1853, an earthquake left the Sanctuary of San Nicolas (Ermita of San Nicolas) in a precarious situation. Therefore, the Order of the Jesuits, under the leadership of Father Ramon Posada, reconstructed and extended the Church of San Nicolas, having received the  grounds from don Isidro González y don Manuel Fuentes, prominent citizens who donated them to the Jesuits. The grounds extended from the current Rodolfo Robles Street and the 12th Avenue up to the 14th Avenue of zone 3, including the current football stadium Mario Camposeco and the gym Quetzalteco. The San José de Calasanz College was established there. After the Jesuit Order was expelled by Justo Rufino Barrios on the night of the 12the of August 1871, the next day the honorable municipality called for an emergency meeting and demanded the Jesuit installations for the establishment of a college.

But it is until the 7th of June that the properties of the Jesuits are confiscated by law and the 1st of July 1872 the College of the West is founded by mayor Don Valentin Escobar and endorsed on the 17th of June by Don Justo Rufino Barrios. The first director of the school was Don Anselmo Valdez and its first bachelor was Don Manuel Estrada Cabrera, who later during more than a decade was dictator of Guatemala.

The governmental decree of March 27 1873, established that from the production of the plantation confiscated to the Jesuits, 2000 pesos will be assigned to the construction of the assembly hall of the College of the West and the work started on the 5th of April 1873. On February 18th 1902, an earthquake destroyed the installations of the Institute and until 1913 it was located in the house of Don Eusebio Ibarra, between the 10th and 12th Avenues and the first street of Zone 1. The current building of the INVO started to be built on the 1st of April 1907; the tower in 1912. All together it was opened in January of 1914. The architects in charge of the work were Carmen Rimola and Mariano Guerrero; the head of construction was Don Agatón Boj. In 1915, mayor Mariano López Pacheco donated the National Pavalion, which is still preserved on the civil altar of the institute.

 

Un Peso billet

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | by
Un Peso billet

Un Peso billet

This “Billete” issued in the “Banco de Occidente” in 1914.

Plaza Central 1,900

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | by
Plaza Central 1900

Plaza Central 1900

This kiosk was moved to the zoo.

Tunnel Zunil 1925

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | by
Tunnel Zunil 1925

Tunnel Zunil 1925

This photo was taken in 1925 when the opening of the tunnel Zunil initiated.

Tell us a history

Monday, October 20, 2014 | by
New History

New History

We have no story to tell about this photograph so we leave it to your creativity.

La Ciénaga

Sunday, October 19, 2014 | by
La ciénaga

La ciénaga

After the fair was held in “Cerro El Baul” for many years it was re located to “La Ciénaga” Neighborhood in zone 2. You can see  a chest figure of Justo Rufino Barrios, that was then transferred to “El Calvario” and is currently in the Municipal Police Office.

The 1930’s

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | by
The 1930's

The 1930’s

In this photograph we can see how “Cerro El Baul” looked like back in the 1930 decade, when the local fair was held there. The indigenous queens were crowned there too. You can also ser the original state of the “Obelisco del Tigre”.  The only means of transportation was wagon pulled by horses or calves.

Question

Friday, October 17, 2014 | by
Question

Question

The volcano on the background should give you a clue on where this photo was taken.

Bank Street

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | by
Bank Street

Bank Street

This photograph was taken on 13th Avenue zone 1 after the earthquake in 1902. The S.A.T. building currently stands in that location.

Text translate: Nadia Peláez

Alamo buses

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | by
Alamo Buses

Alamo Buses

In this serie of photographs we are going to let you in on the history of how Xelajú was settled. Please feel free to share any stories that you might know in regards of the photos.

We don’t know exactly when this picture was taken, but it shows the first buses of the “Galgos” (Greyhound) bus company.

Lleve su fruta

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | by
Lleve sus frutas -José Moreno Photography-

Lleve sus frutas -José Moreno Photography-

Market place and bus terminal all in one! Visited by locals and foreigners, it’s the perfect place to find all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables amongst other things. And if you feel like a trip after shopping you can take a chicken bus from here to any spot in Guatemala!

Text translate: Nadia Peláez

Leave your bike arround the central park

Monday, October 13, 2014 | by
Leve your bike arround the central park -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Leave your bike arround the central park -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

The narrow streets of Xela are welcoming for those who like cycling, it’s a faster way to get around in town and enviroment friendly aswell. You can leave your bikes here and walk around Central Park, where you can find almost everything you want!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Market place, a really low cost

Sunday, October 12, 2014 | by
Market -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Market -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

When walking around in Xela you’ll see many spots like this one, where you can find all kinds of basic grains amongs other things. Most of it is local products at a very low cost!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Municipal theater, perfect for a weeding photo sesions

Saturday, October 11, 2014 | by
Municipal theater -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Municipal theater -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

This is “Teatro municipal” the departamental theater. Where a variety of events take place like local High School graduations, to ballets and international concerts. Its beautiful design invite newly weds to take photos in its surroundings so don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the middle of a photo shoot! It’s only a few blocks away from Central Park so you can add it to your walkable tour!

Text: Nadia Peláez

What these old structures tell you

Friday, October 10, 2014 | by
what these old structures tell you! -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

what these old structures tell you! -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Maybe it’s just me , but it seems to me as if this door has so many stories to be told. Its colors and texture somehow transmit the cold feeling of a sad goodbye. Take a minute of your day when your day when you’re in Xela and tell us what these old structures tell you!

Text: Nadia Peláez