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Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church

 
 
Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 17, 2018
1. Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.  

Iglesia Bicentenaria
Esta fue la primera iglesia construida en el Valle de la Ermita, hoy Ciudad de Guatemala, dos veces centenaria
Municipalidad de Guatemala
2 de enero de 1976

English translation:
Bicentennial Church
This was the first church constructed in the Valle of the Hermit, today the City of Guatemala, now celebrating its 200th anniversary.
Municipality of Guatemala
January 2, 1976
 
Erected 1976 by Municipalidad de Guatemala.
 
Location. 14° 38.81′ N, 90° 30.327′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker can be reached from 12 Avenida just east of Diagonal 4. Touch for map. The marker is in Zone 1 of Guatemala City. Marker is in this post office area: Guatemala City, Guatemala 01001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juan Corz (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mexican Fountain at El Cerrito del Carmen (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line);
Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 17, 2018
2. Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church and Marker
Note the marker on the tower in front of the church.
Alberto Velázquez (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Assassination of Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); First Cathedral in Guatemala City (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); First Council of the City of Guatemala (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Yurrita House (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Conrado de la Cruz and Herlindo Cifuentes Castillo (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church. Our Lady of Carmen (Nuestra Señora del Carmen) is a Catholic hermitage and a cultural site located at the top of the "Hill of Carmen" (el Cerrito del Carmen), in the historic center of Guatemala City, whose construction dates back to the seventeenth century, at least one hundred years before the foundation of the city. It is consecrated to the Virgin of Carmen and has been declared a cultural heritage site of the nation and a Marian sanctuary. The history of the Cerrito del Carmen is closely linked to that of the founding of the Guatemalan capital. It has been reconstructed
Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 17, 2018
3. Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church Marker
This photo attempts to be similar to the 1875 Muybridge photo.
after the earthquakes of 1917 and 1976.

The marker text is potentially confusing, as it was intended to mark the 200th anniversary of the official founding of Guatemala City in 1776 and also note that this is the oldest church in the city. The church was built around 1620, so it would have been around 350 years old in 1976. Very soon, however, the Church of Our Lady of Carmen in Guatemala City will be celebrating its 400th anniversary!
 
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Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church in 1875 image. Click for full size.
By Eadward Muybridge, 1875
4. Our Lady of Carmen Catholic Church in 1875
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on April 12, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on January 29, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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