Archive for April 17th, 2011

Plazuela España

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

One of the sites that should not miss when are at Guatemala City, especially for its central location, but mostly for its history. The major attraction of Plazuela España is the fountain (fuente) of Carlos III. This monument was erected in memory of King Charles III of Spain. The fountain was initially placed on the city’s Central Park, front the Palacio Nacional. Was transfer to the Plazuela España in 1929.

The architect Antonio Bernasconi was the designer. Originally, the fountain was made with dolphins and horses, symbols of the Spanish monarchy and an equestrian statue of Carlos III. The statue and emblems were destroyed in Independence age. The fountain is actually decorated with a garden with a lot of flowers that never fail to give a special attraction.

text and photo by Miguel Avila