Inner Courtyard in Antigua, Guatemala

Another prominent feature of Spanish Colonial architecture in Antigua is the inner courtyard. Every major structure had one. There was often a fountain in the center. Encircling the open space was an arcade defined by large arches and columns. This was perfect for an outside stroll while being sheltered from the sun or rain. Many homes in Antigua Guatemala still have a courtyard yet on a modest scale. Residents fill them with blooming flowers, potted plants, shrubs and trees plus occasionally a small religious shrine.

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