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Santa Cruz del Quiché, El Quiché, Guatemala
 

Plaza Tecún Umán

 
 
Plaza Tecún Umán Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 19, 2015
1. Plaza Tecún Umán Marker
Inscription.
Plaza Tecun Uman
La municipalidad de
Santa Cruz de El Quiche
al Heroe Nacional
Tecun Uman
1969

Homenaje: Del Departamento de El Quiche al Heroe Nacional Tecun Uman, hijo de esta tierra historica, martir de la soberania nacional
Ejemplo de acendrado patriotism
Quiche, 20 de febrero de 1967.

English translation:
Plaza Tecún Umán
The municipality of Santa Cruz de El Quiché to the National Hero Tecún Umán
1969

Tribute from the Department of El Quiché to the National Hero Tecún Umán, son of this historic land, an example of pure patriotism.
1967.

 
Erected 1967.
 
Location. 15° 1.744′ N, 91° 8.939′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz del Quiché, El Quiché. Touch for map. The monument and markers are located in the central park of Santa Cruz del Quiché.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 29 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. El Quiché War Victims (a few steps from this marker); Founding of the Department of El Quiche, Guatemala (within shouting distance of this marker); Manuel Tzoc, Founder of Nahualá (approx. 27.6 kilometers away in Sololá).
 
Regarding Plaza Tecún Umán.
Wide view of Plaza Tecún Umán Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 19, 2015
2. Wide view of Plaza Tecún Umán Marker
Tecún Umán was the most famous of the Quiché warrior-kings to confront the Spanish during their conquest of Guatemala. He was killed by Pedro de Alvarado on February 15, 1524 on the plains of Olintepeque near Quetzaltenango. In 1960, as Guatemala again found herself in a time of turmoil and civil strife, the military leaders designated Tecún Umán as a National Hero of Guatemala and promoted him as an example of patriotism.
 
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Additional marker at Plaza Tecún Umán image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 19, 2015
3. Additional marker at Plaza Tecún Umán
This marker on the reverse of the statue's base describes the government officials that promoted its installation in 1967. Rodolfo Galleotti Torres was the famed sculptor of this version and at least six other similiar statues throughout Guatemala.
Tecún Umán image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 21, 2015
4. Tecún Umán
This plaster bust by Galeotti Torres shows the detail on his Tecún Umán statues and was at an exposition at the Cerro Santo Domingo in Antigua Guatemala in December, 2014.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 24, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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