The Arch of Santa Catalina at the northern end of 5a Avenida Norte is probably the most famous — and most photographed — monument in Antigua. For many travelers a stay in Antigua Guatemala isn’t complete until they’ve shot a selfie with the Arch in the background.
The Arch of Santa Catalina was built in the 18th century and has survived all earthquakes without major damage. This year’s rainy season, however, which has been rainier than usual, did cause some minor water damage. While the structure of the Arch is still sound and most of the damage is cosmetic, it was decided that it’s time for a face-lift.
The restoration work began this week and 5a Avenida Norte will be closed between 1a and 2a Calle until it’s finished, which is expected to take approximately six weeks.
Afterwards the Arch will look more striking than ever and your selfies will be even more spectacular!