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This is Not Your Typical Church Façade

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The Church of San Andrés Xecul is Not Your Typical Façade by Rudy Girón

The yellow church in San Andrés Xecul is one of the most famous sites in Guatemala and certainly one of the most photographed. Dating back to mid 17th century, the range of colors used on the facade of the church is said to have come from the vivid tipico dress of the area, embroidered with a plethora of saturated colors. If you come to visit Xela, it is just a short bus ride out of the city to see this fabulous church and completely worth it!

(source: 100% Chapín)

Ermita de Salcajá: First Chapel of Guatemala

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Ermita de Salcajá: First Chapel of Guatemala  by Rudy Girón

Just outside of Quetzaltenango, so close that it could be a colonia of Xela, there’s a village known for its liquors “Caldo de frutas” (fruit punch) and Rompopo (similar to eggnog) and this chapel, known as La Conquistadora, Ermita de la Concepción, or Ermita de Salcajá, which was the first Catholic chapel ever built in Guatemala and Central America for the matter.

This historic building also houses the first Spanish cemetery of Central America. La Ermita de Salcajá is located on what’s now known as the barrio San Jacinto in the Municipality of Salcajá and was funded on May 7, 1524.

La Conquistadora was the name given to the Virgin of Conception by the indigenous population. Another interesting trivia about Salcajá is the fact that the first mestiza (mixed race), Leonor de Alvarado Xicontencatl, of Central America was born here. All these reasons should be excuse enough to pay a visit to Salcajá in case you haven’t already done so. (source: 100% Chapín)

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Panoramic Vista of Xela’s Parque Central at Night

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Panoramic Vista of Xela's Parque Central at Night by José Moreno

To really appreciate this “wow” panoramic vista of Xela’s Parque Central at night you have to click image above. We have to thank José Moreno for sharing these wonderful vistas with us.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno, text by Rudy Girón