This theater was named after the Literature Nobel Prize winner, Miguel Angel Asturias. Its construction started in 1951, and the building was finally completed in 1978. Nine years later it was declared part of the National Heritage. With an area of 88,927 square meters, the building is designed to look like a seated jaguar. It is the largest theater in Guatemala and regularly puts on popular music concerts, choral concerts, classical and modern ballets, as well as operas and zarzuelas (Spanish light operas). The facility includes a smaller theater for plays and conferences and a small open-air theater.
Inaugurated in 1925, the zoo is mostly visited by families on weekends, when it gets really busy, and by school groups during the week. It has a wide variety of animals from Guatemala and other parts of the world. Animals are placed in cages which resemble their natural habitats, and there are many information boards. A tour around the zoo can take from a half to a full day. Food, sweets and drinks are available from stands at the entrance and around the park. There are also recreation areas for children and benches strategically placed for adults needing a rest.
This museum displays a collection of highly artistic, historical and scientific value, that includes archaeological objects from Central America and colonial art. It shows the development of Guatemalan culture throughout the years. It offers special guided tours for children and a workshop of colonial silverware for youngsters. The shop, located in the reception area, stocks books, magazines, posters, calendars and paintings, all related to the Mayan culture from the pre-Hispanic and colonial period. They also stock folk, marimba and classical music CDs, as well as videos and maps of Guatemala.
This museum specializes in the collection, preservation, research, promotion and compilation of documents related to the Mayan textiles in Guatemala. The colorful exhibition consists of an extensive collection of textiles from over 140 communities produced in different periods. The funky interior of the museum acts as an alluring backdrop for the two permanent exhibitions: watercolors by Carmen L. Pettersen depicting the Mayan costumes, and paintings by Andres Curruchich showing the daily customs of the Kaqchikel Mayan community. Its facilities include an art gallery displaying handicrafts and paintings, a bookstore and a shop selling textiles, lamps, jewelry, pictures, mirrors, wooden furniture and other handmade goods. There is even a library specializing in Mayan textiles and related subjects, and an area for children, the Museo de la Niñez y de la Juventud (Museum of Children and Young People). The latter conducts several interactive activities related to textiles such as painting, embroidering and weaving on wooden looms, using natural inks.
Founded in 1945, the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology houses a collection of Mayan archaeological remains. These are mainly jade and obsidian, though there are also pottery pieces and objects taken from royal tombs. The building dates back to the 1940's and its architecture is in the style of that period. After being closed for several years for refurbishment, the museum was reopened in 1977 as a showcase for the legacy of the Maya.
A traditional church constructed in the classical style, the Cathedral of Guatemala City has established itself as a significant spot in the city. The cathedral's structure is reminiscent of baroque architecture, with twin bell towers flanking the main entrance of the building. Spires jut from the vaulting roof of the church, and the stones are engraved with symbols. A statue is embedded into the wall above the vestibule. The interior of the cathedral is simple yet elegant, rows of benches neatly lined in the nave overlooking the altar. Intricate chandeliers swing from the arched ceilings of the building, and the cathedral is truly a testament to the architectural styles which prevailed in the past.
Many important personalities of Guatemalan history, such as Justo Rufino Barrios, are buried in this cemetery. The tombs and mausoleums are very old and have a great artistic and historical value. Outside the cemetery there are kiosks selling flowers and souvenirs which the people buy for their dead relatives.
Estadio Manuel Felipe Carrera, also known as Estadio Trebol, is a football stadium that boasts a seating capacity of over 5000 spectators. Home to Guatemala City's very own National League football club, namely the Club Social y Deportivo Municipal, the stadium is often employed for training activities and is also used as a venue for the club's home games. When filled to the brim, the crowd's lusty cheers can be heard all around, drowning out all other sounds.
Teatro de Bellas Artes keeps you gripped to your seat with an enchanting array of performances. Aimed at providing a stage for young local talent, shows here largely involve local theater groups, musicians and artists that never fail to keep the audience on its toes. Staging numerous original productions, as well as classic recreations and culture-centric shows, there's no lack of entertainment, inspiration and bewilderment at this venue.
While Teatro Elena might not be amongst the biggest venues in the city, it certainly is one of the most loved ones. Known to showcase some of the most iconic and enthralling performances, there's no doubt that this is one of the best places to catch a play. Playing host to highly talented theater troupes, bands and solo artists, audiences can find more than their fair share of entertainment at this venue. Witness some of the most inspirational yet exciting theater performances and feel the hair on the back of your neck stand on its end to the music of fabulous artists.