23 Apr 2014 | From Richie of Guatemala
Guatemala is located in Central America and is divided into 22 departments (states). The official language is Spanish, but 23 other languages are spoken. Guatemala has a rich and distinctive culture from the long mix of elements from Spain and the native Maya people. This diverse history and the natural beauty of the land have created a destination rich in interesting and scenic sites.
The picture in the postcard is Antigua Guatemala. Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century. It was destroyed by several earthquakes but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins.
Antigua Guatemala is an outstanding example of preserved colonial architecture and of cultural value. The religious, private and government buildings bear exceptional testimony to the Spanish colonial architecture in Antigua. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.