The late 19th century in Quetzaltenango brought with it the construction of one of the city’s, and country’s, most impressive works of neoclassical architecture: El Teatro Municipal. It’s façade has undergone some work over the years, thanks in no small part to a massive 1902 earthquake, and now delivers a striking European appearance complete with stone pillars, arched doorways and statues to notable figures like Jesus Castillo (composer) and Artemis (Greek goddess). In other words, it’s a photographer’s playground. And just in case you were worried that all its aesthetic appeal was relegated to the exterior, the theater’s interior is equally as impressive, with three tiered sections facing an expertly designed stage and orchestral pit.
Though the Teatro Municipal hosts regular plays, concerts, jazz and cultural performances throughout the year, you don’t need to buy a ticket in order to check it out. It’s open daily if you just feel like poking your head in, and at the very least is worth the short walk north of Central Park if only to soak in the architectural beauty. Enjoy.