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Palacio Nacional de la Cultura - Historical Building Guatemala City - Guatemala

Every day, except Sunday, 30-minute guided tours of the former presidential palace are available. This National Palace, built by prisoners during the despotic reign of dictator Jorge Ubico, is a fascinating blend of colonial, neoclassical and indigenous elements including stain glass windows and murals depicting scenes of Guatemalan history. Highlights include the Patio de la Paz, Salas de Recepción and the beautiful green courtyards, each side with five arches representing the number of syllables in the former President’s name.


Tours available in English and Spanish, leave from inside the main entrance every 30 minutes between 9.30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

At Calle 6 and Avenida 6,
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Historical Building Types:
Site of historic significance, Historic architecture

Getting There
At the northen end of Parque Central.

Travel Tips: Wheelchair accessible.

Price Description: Entry fee $5, free for nationals with ID card.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Near the Parque Central and Catedral Metropolitana.

Currencies accepted
Guatemalan quetzal

Here are other activities in and around Guatemala City that may be of interest: Tipografia Nacional and Palacio De Correos.

By Joanne Sykes

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in...

02 Sep 2009

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