The ruins of El Carmen are yet another set of impressive, post earthquake ruins that raise up to the Antiguan sky. Unfortunately these ruins are not open to the public, however, the colorful Mercado del Carmen, a Mayan textile market, is open and ready for business.
I found this series of photos around the ruins of El Carmen to be some of my most favorite from the trip. The array of colors, culture and architecture capture the heart and soul of Antigua and her mystical charm. Unfortunately there is not much information on El Carmen however the pictures themselves perhaps tell a story of what this lovely church must have been like before it became destroyed over years of earthquakes. And the lovely colorful market which surrounds the ruins provide one more example of the majestic Mayan culture in all its splendor.