A World Cultural Heritage Site since 1979, the building couldn’t be a better site to include in 842 square meters more than 90 masterpieces from the pre-Hispanic, colonial and republican eras.
Many gems have been abandoned or kept in the storage facilities of other museums and even brought from abroad, said Culture and Sports Minister Felipe Aguilar during the cutting of the ribbon during his first stage, September 10, 2021.
Headquarters of the Office of the Captains General of the Kingdom of Guatemala, also known as the Royal Palace, adds its colonial values to the project, that is why, it retains its original structure and removable frames that divide different spaces.
The pre-Hispanic art objects that stand out include Lintel II of Temple III of Tikal National Park, located in Flores, Petén, as well as funeral offerings to King K’utz Chman from Tak’alik Ab’aj Archaeological Park in El Asintal, Retalhuleu. The latter is considered to be the most important and oldest discovery of the Mayan civilization found to date in Central America, an event not overlooked by the stories written to give details of the coins.
Visitors can also see in the tour of its seven rooms the painting Ecce Homo, one of the greatest works of art by artist Tomás de Merlo, and the Cena Eucarística (Eucharistic Supper) pieces by Cristóbal de Villalpando, and El Cristo de los Ángeles (Christ de los Ángeles) by Juan José Rosales.
The two national colonial works of art were restored by expert curators from the Institute of Anthropology and Nation History of Central America.
The walls of the Palace of the Captains General also retain the first sketches of the national coat of arms of the artist Juan Bautista Frener, with its “monas” and original laurel leaves.
To enrich the experience, the establishment has high-tech equipment, such as audio guides in English, French, German and Mayan languages. In addition, it has advanced security systems to protect its precious treasures.
The second constructive step started at the beginning of this month, which will end in March 2022, and will add 10 more exhibition areas with a showcase of the contemporary and modern periods.
Another attraction added to Antigua, an iconic site of international tourism which will now invite visitors to discover more of the past and present of the land of the Quetzal.
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