Palacio Nacional
Palacio Nacional
4.5
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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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The elaborate interior of this former presidential palace houses paintings and sculptures by famous Guatemalan artists.
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Lando
Belize City, Belize2 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Tour was very good with plenty of historical information. Many beautiful symbolic paintings. Tour cost is Q40 and lasts around 45 minutes to an hour. Tour was done in spanish with english translation.
Written 6 August 2023
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Girl Takes Mundo
Manchester, UK148 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous square in the historic side of the city. Here you will see the National Palace and it's not far from Restaurante El Portal and Mercado Central.
Written 29 June 2023
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andy y
36 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Great place to visit! Guatemalans enter free; foreigners pay Q40. Regardless you have to join a 45-minute guided tour.

I took the tour in Spanish but my tour guide spoke really good English as well and was eager to answer my questions.
Written 24 April 2023
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,678 contributions
Feb 2020
On a "guided tour" for about 45 minutes, it was "fairly impressive" to see the 2 levels of this great building (one of a "pretty long" length to see from outside before entering) starting from its "inner courtyard" (also another similar one later on) to the great-sized & colorful murals beside 2 stairways (of which I was quite impressed by the one depicting a battle scene or such between the Spanish & the natives which is just "quite a detailed one" with plenty of human figures) to 2 rooms on the 2nd level each with "a fair amount of splendor" inside (one room with like a perfectly-kept big national flag on the wall straight ahead & an impressive dome above, and the other room with a number of beautiful stained-glass drawings on windows) back to the 1st level to go through some gallery-like area (with modern art paintings) and finally finishing the tour at the museum-like area back near the entrance (where on display some more paintings, a number of antique-type items & a "pretty-good-sized" miniature of this palace which I would also describe as a smaller "identical version" of this building due to its impressive craftsmanship!). And, it was overall a "nice work" by the lady who conducted the tour making sure that we saw all needed to be seen, and yes such a tour is a good idea I would say for this building with its interior kind of "spread out" (compared to the 2 other "national palaces" visited later in Mexico, namely in Merida & Mexico City, with their interior settings more-or-less similar to this palace but with "more limited" areas to walk around which can be done easily on one's own).

Located on the north side of the city's "main plaza" Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion, also to have a worthwhile time is on the "nicely spacious" plaza itself (with a fountain & a big national flag in the middle where there's also a "raised platform" to go up, and also with just plenty of pigeons seen at the time spread out all over its ground), and yes definitely should not be missed along with the Palace & Plaza is the city's "main cathedral" Catedral Metropolitana on the Plaza's east side (with its "main aisle" one of greatness lined with nice-sized paintings & "super-sized" medals of such never seen at any other cathedral). And if you're for some souvenir shopping & "local meals", a very nice place for those is Mercado Central in just a close vicinity to the Plaza (by turning left onto the "pedestrian street" from the far-left corner after the walk across the Plaza from this palace).
Written 12 December 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Nov 2019
At the very heart of "Ciudad de Guatemala", at its historical "Plaza de Armas" (now known as "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución"), you will find the monumental "Palacio Nacional de la República de Guatemala". Designed by Guatemalan architect Rafael Pérez de León, it was inaugurated on November 10th, 1943 and housed the national presidential palace. The eclectic building, with characteristics of different architectural styles (neo plateresque, Spanish baroque, Spanish renaissance and neo mudejar), was converted, in the beginning of the years 1990's, into a museum and is now known as "Palacio Nacional de la Cultura", as well as "Palacio Verde" (Green Palace, in English). The palace is also known as the origin point of "all" roads in the Republic fo Guatemala and, even inside of one of its halls, one will find the sign of the very initial "Km 0". An amazing curiosity! As a museum, collections of paintings, sculptures and temporary exhibitions can be visited. Furthermore, the magnificent building houses also some government offices, as the "Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes" and the "Secretaria de Comunicación Social de la Presidencia". Guided tours, at expensive 40 quetzals (for foreigners), are available. Enjoy!
Written 30 July 2020
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chillsOntario_Canada
Ontario, Canada190 contributions
Mar 2020
This palace is of historic interest. Built (in 1937) on the site of a Chinese Pagoda . It has a spot known as Kilometre Zero, where all roads in the country begin. It is till used for major government functions, but also serves as a museum documenting Guatemala's history (from the Spanish perspective) Beautiful architecture!
Written 25 April 2020
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trevelyon
oakland255 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Checked out this landmark while in Guatemala City. Nothing facy. Good place to take a photo to memorialize a trip to Guatemala.
Written 18 March 2020
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Diana C
Mexico City, Mexico39 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I had the amazing pleasure to attempt to a wonderful event organized in el Palacio de la Cultura. The building is already pretty impressive from the outside, the plaza with the font and the spectacular show from the doves. But from the inside, you can feel the history and transport yourself automatically to years and years of Guatemala's history. In my personal experience i did not use a tour or guide. I did it by myself by reading and previously searched for information. Is a place you should definitely visit in Guatemala city.
Written 12 February 2020
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José R
Guatemala City, Guatemala23 contributions
Mar 2019 • Business
The type of architecture were you can enjoy standing for hours around the halls and rooms and every piece of art being shown.
Written 11 February 2020
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Panamajoe2017
Sechelt, Canada319 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
I’m sorry, but 40 Q for a mandatory guided tour, only in Spanish, is a bit much. I’m sure it is great to see, but if you are going to target foreigners with higher prices, at least have the decency to have tours in English.
Written 13 December 2019
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