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Amatitlán in Municipalidad de Amatitlán, Guatemala, Guatemala
 

The Bridge of Glory

The Mill Bridge

 
 
The Bridge of Glory Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2017
1. The Bridge of Glory Marker
Inscription.
Puente de la Gloria o del Molino
Estructura Colonial del siglo XVI
declarado
Monumento Nacional
Noviembre de 1967

Su restauración responde a la voluntad y responsabilidad
de autoridades municipales, conscientes en rescatar para los
amatitlanecos esta joya arquitectónica, símbolo de historia,
permanencia e identidad.

Administracion
Mainor Guillermo Orellana Mazariegos
Municipalidad de Amatitlán
Restauración, diciembre de 2012

English translation:
The Bridge of Glory (or The Mill Bridge)
This sixteenth century colonial structure has been declared a National Monument
November 1967

Its restoration is due to the will and responsibility of municipal authorities, aware of the importance of rescuing this architectural jewel of Amatitlán as a symbol of history, permanence and identity.

Administration of
Mainor Guillermo Orellana Mazariegos
Municipality of Amatitlán
Date of the restoration, December 2012

 
Erected 2012 by Municipalidad de Amatitlán.
 
Location. 14° 28.88′ N, 90° 36.933′ W. Marker is in Amatitlán, Guatemala, in Municipalidad de Amatitlán. Marker is at the intersection
An additional marker on the Bridge of Glory image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2017
2. An additional marker on the Bridge of Glory
This additional dedicatory marker from 2014 is extremely interesting as it includes the names of the then-President, Vice President and Minister of Communications when the bridge's restoration was celebrated. Currently, ex-President Molina and ex-Vice President Baldetti are in prison, awaiting trial for fraud. The whereabouts of ex-Minister Sinibaldi are currently unknown, as he is a fugitive attempting to escape fraud charges.
of 2a Calle and 0 Avenida, on the right when traveling east on 2a Calle. Touch for map. The marker is located on a large column on the western side of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Amatitlán, Guatemala 01063, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santo Tomás Milpas Altas (approx. 10.5 kilometers away in Sacatepéquez); The Ceiba, Guatemala's National Tree (approx. 12.4 kilometers away in Escuintla); José Luis de León Diaz (approx. 12.9 kilometers away in Sacatepéquez); The Church of the First Bishop of Guatemala (approx. 13 kilometers away in Sacatepéquez); Assassination of Mario López Larrave (approx. 13.6 kilometers away); Martyrs' Plaza of the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (approx. 13.7 kilometers away); 300th Anniversary of the Founding of the San Carlos University of Guatemala (approx. 13.8 kilometers away); Oliverio Castañeda de León (approx. 13.8 kilometers away).
 
Additional comments.
1. Death of Francisco Javier Arana at the bridge in 1949
Francisco Javier Arana (b. Villa Canales, December 3, 1905 - d. Amatitlán, July 18, 1949) was a Guatemalan military man who was part of the Revolutionary Junta of 1944, along with Captain Jacobo Arbenz and civilian Jorge Toriello Garrido. After
The Bridge of Glory Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2017
3. The Bridge of Glory Marker
The marker can be seen on the large column to the left. The two columns seen here limit the size of vehicles that can enter the one-lane bridge. The bridge is to the right, off camera, in this view.
supporting the movement that overthrew General Federico Ponce Vaides on October 20, 1944, the Governmental Junta called for presidential elections, in which Doctor Juan José Arévalo was elected. In this government Arana occupied the position of the Chief of Staff of the Army. In 1949 Arana presented an ultimatum to President Arévalo where Arana would allow him to finish his government in 1951, as long as Arana was the next presidential candidate. After a series of confusing actions that came about because of this ultimatum, Arana was killed while resisting arrest here at the Bridge of Glory. His killing was never solved, most likely due to the government's need to show unity. Regardless, with the 1954 counter-revolution of Armas, this and many other incidents were relegated to the past.
    — Submitted August 26, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsColonial EraIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
The Bridge of Glory Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2017
4. The Bridge of Glory Marker
This view of the bridge is towards the south. It is estimated that the bridge was constructed in 1590.
The Bridge of Glory image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, May 27, 2017
5. The Bridge of Glory
This view across the bridge is to the east. Note the additional dedicatory marker on the left-most (northern) column on the western side of the bridge.
The Bridge of Glory image. Click for full size.
By Arturo Morelet
6. The Bridge of Glory
An image of the bridge crossing the Michatoya River from around 1846. From Morelet's Voyage Dans L'Amérique Centrale; L'Īle de Cuba, et Le Yucatan, 1857.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 26, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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