The Earthquake in Antigua, Guatemala 1717

The earth rumbled through the beautiful colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala on September 29, 1717, destroying much of the city’s stunning Baroque architecture. But the city’s strong-hearted inhabitants persisted in restoring the grandeur and elegance of their treasured home, and today Antigua is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The city is surrounded by three volcanoes that provide a dramatic vista, while the city center hosts plazas, churches, museums and markets.  With over a dozen language schools, Antigua is once again a global destination. (Photo at Hotel Santo Domingo, taken by me.)