Arco Del Sexto Estado


This monumental arch that greets all visitors on the road into Xela commemorates the 1897 Quetzalteca Revolution, a short-lived uprising in the city against dictatorial rule from Guatemala City. A lion mounts the arch and beneath it an inscription to the revolution's dead reads 'the love of freedom made them heroes, the hatred of tyrants made them martyrs', reminding visitors that the city retains its independent spirit even today.

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2. Cerro el Baúl

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3. Cemetery

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4. Edificio Rivera

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5. Municipalidad

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6. Cathedral

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7. Parque Centro América

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8. Museo de Historia Natural

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