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Architecture of Guatemala

Guatemalan Architecture - Tikal
Tikal

Guatemala's earliest architecture is still in excellent condition as the Mayans left behind one of their greatest monuments in the city of Tikal. This city in the jungle was one of the Mayan Empire's greatest cities and to this day is a great example of Mayan architecture as well as a popular tourist destination. Other than this city and numerous smaller Mayan ruins in the country, there is little pre-Columbian architecture in the country as most early architecture was made from wood and has not lasted.

Guatemalan Architecture - Capuchin Monastery
Capuchin Monastery

The Spanish arrived in the 1500s and they immediately developed new architectural styles and city planning. Their houses were built primarily from adobe, which the indigenous people used before Spanish arrival, and Spanish churches were generally in the style of churches built in Spain at the time. Most noticeably though is the urban planning the Spanish implemented as nearly every colonial city is on a grid pattern with a central square dominated by a church and government buildings. The most developed colonial Spanish city is probably the capital of Guatemala City and the National Palace on the central square is perhaps the finest colonial building in the country.

Today new techniques and materials have further altered the architecture in the country, but the capital has received most of these new developments in limited numbers and few other cities have greatly developed the modern or post-modern styles.

This page was last updated: March, 2013