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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala — Central America (Central Highlands)
 

Rafael Landívar

 
 
Rafael Landívar Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 22, 2015
1. Rafael Landívar Marker
This marker and others like it were put up in Antigua and elsewhere to mark the 400th anniversary of the first Spanish city in Guatemala in 1524.
Inscription.  
El 27 de octubre de 1731
nacio en esta casa
el gran poeta de la America
Colonial Rafael Landivar

English translation:
On October 27, 1731
in this house was born
the great poet of colonial America
Rafael Landívar

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public Work. A significant historical date for this entry is October 27, 1731.
 
Location. 14° 33.373′ N, 90° 44.322′ W. Marker is in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez. Marker is on 5a Calle Poniente just west of Alameda Santa Lucia, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 03001, Guatemala. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Rafael Landívar (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribute to Ana Guerra de Jesus (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); House of Bernal Díaz del Castillo (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Dr. Frederick Wilson Popenoe (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Father Hermógenes López Coarchita
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(approx. 0.4 kilometers away); House of Bartolomé Azmitia Frener (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Juan José Rodil and Companions (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Workers Night School of Antigua Guatemala (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Antigua Guatemala.
 
More about this marker. The small marker above the main marker reads:
¡Salve, cara Parens, dulcis Guatimala, salve!
Raphaelis Landivar
La Sociedad de Geografia e Historia. ∙ Universidad Nacional ∙ Sociedad de Auxilios Mutuos de Comercio. ∙ Confederacion de Agricultores. ∙ Club Turista. ∙ Academia Guatemalteca Correspondiente de la Espanola. ∙ Magisterio y Prensa de la Capital.
Perpetuan en este lugar la memoria del excelso poeta Rafael Landivar.
En el 2o centenario de su nacimiento.
Guatemala 27 de octubre de 1931.

English translation:
¡Hello, dear Mother, sweet Guatemala, hail to thee! (Portion of a Landívar poem entitled Urbe Guatemalae)
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Perpetuate in this place the memory of the sublime poet Rafael Landívar
On
Rafael Landívar Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 22, 2015
2. Rafael Landívar Marker
the 200th anniversary of his birth
Guatemala, October 27, 1931

 
Regarding Rafael Landívar. Rafael Landívar (b. Santiago de los Caballeros (today Antigua), Guatemala, October 27, 1731 - d. Bologna, Italia, September 27, 1793) was a poet and Guatemalan Jesuit priest. His most famous work, Rusticatio Mexicana (Through the Fields of Mexico), describes the journey of the Jesuits from Guatemala to Mexico and on to Italy after their expulsion from the Spanish colonies in the New World in 1767.

The marker was likely mounted here in 1924 as part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the first founding of Santiago de los Caballeros in Guatemala, near present-day Tecpán in 1524 (IV Centenario de la Antigua Guatemala).
 
Rafael Landívar Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, July 6, 2016
3. Rafael Landívar Marker
A view of the remaining portion of the house where the poet was born, seen from the grounds of his tomb directly east.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 535 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 1, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.   3. submitted on July 25, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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