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Antigua City Hall (Palacio del Ayuntamiento) Tours

Antigua City Hall (Palacio del Ayuntamiento)
Antigua City Hall (Palacio del Ayuntamiento) was constructed in 1743 and once served as the Spanish colonial government seat and an 80-person jail during the colonial era. Today, it is home to Antigua’s municipalidad, or city government, the Museo del Libro and the Museo de Santiago. One of the most impressive elements of Antigua City Hall is its two-story façade.

The double layer of stone archways with columns was done in a Tuscan style, which contributes to the building’s striking appearance. A portion of the carved-stone exterior of the east-facing 
wall managed to survive the 18th century, though centuries of earthquakes contributed to the need for restoration efforts at the palace.

The Ayuntamiento building was heavily damaged in a 1773 earthquake, and the capital seat was then transferred to Guatemala City. The Museo de Armas de Santiago, an arms and weapons museum, is housed in the section that once served as the jail. The Old Book Museum, or Museo del Libro Antiguo, is in the same area where the first Central American printing press once stood and includes a replica of the printing press, along with copies of works produced by it.

Be sure to head upstairs and check out the scenic views from the second-floor balcony, where you can see the Central Plaza, Metropolitan Cathedral and the three volcanoes surrounding the 
city. 

Practical Info

Antigua City Hall is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. While admission to the Palacio del Ayuntamiento is free, each of the two museums is about 10 quetzals each. 
Address: 4 Calle Poniente, Antigua, Guatemala
Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: 10 quetzals
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Discover the best spots to make photos of Antigua’s landmarks and people during a 2-hour photography tour led by a photographer-guide. Your guide shares tips and techniques for improving your street photography skills, and takes you to scenic locations that many visitors miss. Your tour includes entrance ticket to the Centro de Formacion de la Cooperacion Espanola, and an itinerary can be tailored to the group's interests.
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