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Santa Cruz del Quiche

Santa Cruz del Quiché is a city in Guatemala. It serves as the capital of the El Quiché department and the municipal seat of Santa Cruz del Quiché municipality. The city is located at, at an elevation of 2,021 m (6,631 feet) above sea level. The urban population was about 21,000 people in 2003. It has an airport.HistorySanta Cruz del Quiché was founded by Pedro de Alvarado, a companion and second in-command of conquistador Hernán Cortés, after he burned down the nearby Maya capital city of Q'umarkaj (or Utatlán, in the Nahuatl language). The oldest buildings, including a large cathedral and clock tower in the central plaza, were constructed out of the stones of the Q'umarkaj ruins by the Dominicans. Some think it likely that it was in Santa Cruz where a group of anonymous K'iche' nobles of the Nim Ch'okoj class transcribed the Popol Vuh, the sacred text of the Maya.In Santa Cruz, the former rulers of Q'umarkaj were reduced to the status of peasant.
Santa Cruz del Quiche is in El Quiche Department. Plan the details of your Santa Cruz del Quiche holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Guatemala trip planner.
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