Santa Cruz del Quiché

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Santa Cruz del Quiché
Santa Cruz del Quiché, 2007
Santa Cruz del Quiché, 2007
Santa Cruz del Quiché is locatit in Guatemala
Santa Cruz del Quiché
Santa Cruz del Quiché
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°1′48″N 91°9′0″W / 15.03000°N 91.15000°W / 15.03000; -91.15000
KintraFlag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
DepairtmentEl Quiché
MunicipalitySanta Cruz del Quiché
 • TeepMunicipal
 • Municipality311 km2 (120 sq mi)
2,021 m (6,631 ft)
Highest elevation
2,500 m (8,200 ft)
Lawest elevation
1,500 m (4,900 ft)
 (Census 2002)[1]
 • Municipality62,369
 • Urban
 • Ethnicities
K'iche', Ladino
 • Releegions
Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya

Santa Cruz del Quiché is a ceety in Guatemala. It serves as the caipital o El Quiché depairtment an the municipal seat o Santa Cruz del Quiché municipality.

The ceety is locatit at 15°02′N 91°09′W / 15.03°N 91.15°W / 15.03; -91.15, at an elevation o 2,021 m (6,631 feet) abuin sea level. The urban population wis aboot 21,000 fowk in 2003.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Santa Cruz del Quiché wis foondit bi Pedro de Alvarado, a companion an seicont in-command o conquistador Hernán Cortés, efter he burned doun the nearbi Maya caipital ceety o Q'umarkaj (or Utatlán, in the Nahuatl leid). The auldest biggins, includin a lairge cathedral an clock touer in the central plaza, wur constructit oot o the stanes o the Q'umarkaj ruins bi the Dominicans. Some think it likely that it wis in Santa Cruz where a group o anonymous K'iche' nobles o the Nim Ch'okoj class transcribit the Popol Vuh, the sacred text o the Maya.

In Santa Cruz, the umwhile rulers o Q'umarkaj wur reducit tae the status o peasant. As the livin conditions wur so pitiful in the ceety, the toun o Chichicastenango, aboot 20 miles tae the sooth o Santa Cruz, began tae swell wi the immigration o displacit Mayas an suin passed up Santa Cruz in baith size an importance.

Santa Cruz del Quiché haes an airport.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002.

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