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Palacio de los Capitanes - Historical Building Antigua - Guatemala

The Palacio de los Capitanes, the first two-storey building in Antigua, lines the entire south side of the Parque Central. Built in 1558, for more than two centuries, it was the seat of the Spanish colonial government for most of Central America and Chiapas. More recently, it housed the police department, government and tourist offices. It’s currently unoccupied due to restoration, although it is open to the public for viewing. Tours are offered twice a day at 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. You can wander around alone if you wish but watch where you step. It’s expected to fully reopen in 2010.


5a. Calle Plaza Central

Antigua, Guatemala

Historical Building Types:
Colonial architecture, Site of historic significance

Getting There

On the south side of Parque Central

Travel Tips:

Great views from upstairs of the park and cathedral

Price Description:

Free entry

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:9 a.m. - noon

Open Hours to:2 - 3.30 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:


Parque Central, El Ayuntamiento, Museo de Santiago, Museo del Libro Antiguo

Contact Information:

Here are other activities in and around Antigua that may be of interest: Las Capuchinas, Iglesia y Convento de la Recoleccion, Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo , La Merced, Cathedral de Santiago, Iglesia y Convento de Santa Clara, Colegio de San Jeronimo, San Francisco El Grande Church and Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Church and Convent .

By Lucy Brown

13 Nov 2009

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