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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

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I can’t do credit to the subject of today’s challenge in just one photo. Here are a series of photos taken at the Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua, Guatemala. This used to be a convent – now it has become a hotel, spa and houses a number of museums. Visitors are encouraged to wander around. It was the last stop on our walking tour of the old city. We had booked an excursion with the cruise ship company (Holland America) but decided to chose one that allowed us to wander around at our own pace, and look at the things we found interesting, rather than follow a guide. I would have liked to have spent more time here, since we had really left ourselves enough time as it did not sound like it was going to be the best part of the tour. There are a number of ruined monasteries and convents in the city, the result of the earthquake in 1773. The death toll was around 600 with about the same number dying of disease and starvation subsequently. The toll was particularly heavy on the occupants of these massive stone buildings and several still lie in ruins. We did visit another smaller scale hotel at Santa Catalina which was also a convent but nothing like as lavish as this one.

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

From convent to ruin to “best hotel in Antigua” – quite a Transformation. By the way in this picture – and some of the others – you can see the conical peak of one of the three volcanoes that encircle the town.

Written by Stephen Rees

November 22, 2017 at 1:49 pm

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  1. The next to last photo is a beauty. The pinkish orange color tone is magnificent.
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    Allan G. Smorra

    November 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm

  2. Thank you. The light was very flat that day – lots of low grey cloud clinging to the sides of the volcanoes that surround the city. The “pinkish orange color tone” was provided by that canopy, which I think is temporary.

    I would have liked to have nosed around the hotel/spa too but that was not to be. However their photos on the web are pretty good.

    Stephen Rees

    November 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm

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