La Antigua Guatemala, founded as Saint James of Guatemala, was one of the most important Spanish cities in the New World. Between 1543 and 1773, it was the political, religious, economic and cultural center of the region that is now Chiapas, Mexico south through Costa Rica. In 1773 La Antigua sustained major earthquake damage. Due to his damage and a royal decree from Spain,
the capital was moved to present day Guatemala City.
From the balcony of Doña Luisa Xicotencatl, S. A. you can see Antigua’s
Cathedral of San José and the volcanoes Fuego and Acatenango.