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Palacio de los Capitanes Generales

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Address: Calle Poniente 5, Antigua 03001, Guatemala

This grand palace, parts of which are still in various stages of...

This grand palace, parts of which are still in various stages of restoration, is home to several government offices.

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Beautiful From The Outside

Lovely building with great architecture. Sadly we could only see it from the outside. We were told that it is very beautiful at night as it is lit up. So if we return to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Batemans Bay, Australia
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102 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a pretty cool building with a lovely facade right next to the central park. We went to the museum situated inside the building which was pretty interesting as well.

Thank KayleeShepheard
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1,036 reviews
425 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 363 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely building with great architecture. Sadly we could only see it from the outside. We were told that it is very beautiful at night as it is lit up. So if we return to Antigua we will check it out at night and maybe see how we could possibly go inside. You never know if you don't ask.

Thank J-W
Portland, Oregon
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96 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is a large and old official building. Because it is next to the city center park with it's people and fountain it is worth a trip if in the area. It sure was not the highlight of our trip by any means.

Thank emcman
Delft, The Netherlands
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518 reviews
206 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

The palace is just in the middle of the city. It is impossible to miss. One should definitely see it in the night. It is impressive.

Thank Shimnik
Caribbean Islands
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78 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Just one of the sides of the main square. Houses some government offices, and covered steps facilitate political speeches and other announcements.

1 Thank KmanWent
Fircrest, Washington
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124 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

large space but rather spare of items to view. It's an important building in Guatemala's history. Some parts of the building are being renovated. In history, it was the governmental center for all of Central America until 1773.

1 Thank Chuck E
San Jose, Costa Rica
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Beatiful building, could only see it from the outside though. Building takes up a whole block, it is very big, during the night they light it up very nicely.

1 Thank Melib2906
Evanston, Illinois
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392 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely facade, on the Parque Central. The arches have a symmetry that's stunning, especially when lit up at night.

1 Thank jaz79h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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638 reviews
465 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 910 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

I rate this only an average attraction as all you can see is the outside. That's impressive in itself, especially at night when the arches are lit, but I really want to know what's behind this imposing facade.

2 Thank Jarko2015
Tehuacan, Mexico
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105 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I was a little excited about this place, but it was closed during my visit. It's pretty from the outside and extremely close to the central plaza, regardless!

1 Thank Tom W

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