Ringed by green hills and purple mountains, Guatemala City, capital of the Central American Republican of Guatemala, is a bustling, modern city of some 350,000 people.
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Background: Ringed by green hills and purple mountains, Guatemala City, capital of the Central American Republican of Guatemala, is a bustling, modern city of some 350,000 people. Located on a beautiful plateau almost 5,000-feet of a harmonious of the old and the new. Shiny motor cars roll past Indians trudging down its bread avenue on their way to market.
The famous Cathedral is a mammoth structure of some 320-feet long and 112-feet wide. Begun in 1782, it was not completed until 1868. It contains five arched naves and sixteen altars, Many paintings and statues of great value were brought here from the ruined churches of Antigua, the former capital of the country.
Green-tinted and lavishly decorated, the National Palace houses government offices. It is considered one of the best public buildings in the Americans, and is especially noted for its wood carvings, frescoes, and wrought-iron grillwork. Another building the Guatemalans are particularly proud of is the new seven-storied City Hall.
In Minerva Park, is a monumental relief map of Guatemala, constructed by Francisco Vela in 1905. covering an area of 56,908-feet. It gives an excellent bird's-eye view of the Republic's mountains, plateaus, and roads.
The nations's military academy is the Polytechnic School on Boulevard La Reforma. The Campo de Marte, the parade grounds, is close by. People gather here to watch the brightly uniformed cadets at dress parade.