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Ruinas el Carmen: 1915

Ruinas el Carmen: 1915

        Seventeenth-century church remodeled by a series of earthquakes into picturesque ruination.

Circa 1915. "Travel views of Guatemala. View from northeast of Iglesia el Carmen, Antigua." 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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My wife is from Antigua, Guatemala, and these ruins look virtually identical 100 years later. Antigua is located nearly a mile above sea level and is surrounded by pine trees and volcanoes--decidedly not the typical image one has of a standard Central American city--and it served as Spain's capital at one point for the entire region from Panama up through the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Virtually every cobblestone block of Antigua is marked by a hulking, 400-year-old church in an arrested state of decay.

Dos Filigrana

I almost missed the ancient "ruined" watermark.


The upper columns are incredible and the lady carrying her burden is dressed so lovely. This is a wonderful scene that we couldn't behold in our time. I'm just enthralled.

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