Santa María de Jesús

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Santa María de Jesús
Santa María de Jesús
Municipality
Santa María De Jesús
Volcán de Agua
Volcán de Agua
Santa María de Jesús is located in Guatemala
Santa María de Jesús
Santa María de Jesús
Location within Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°29′36″N 90°42′34″W / 14.49333°N 90.70944°W / 14.49333; -90.70944Coordinates: 14°29′36″N 90°42′34″W / 14.49333°N 90.70944°W / 14.49333; -90.70944
Country Guatemala
Department Sacatepequez
Fundación 1816
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Sotero Chunuj Reyes
Elevation 2,070 m (6,790 ft)
Population (2002)
 • Total 15,529
Time zone Central America (UTC-6)

Santa Maria de Jesus is a municipality in the department of Sacatepéquez about 10 km from the city of Antigua, Guatemala. It is located under the slopes of Volcan de Agua. This town has a height of 2,070 meters above sea level. Its central square has a temple built in the seventeenth century with a carved entry arch. Spanish and Kaqchikel are spoken in this town.

History[edit]

There was no mention of it prior to the sixteenth century. One of the most important activities performed during the Hispanic period in this township was bringing ice gathered from the summit of Volcan de Aguato to the city of Santiago. The central square has a temple built in the seventeenth century with a carved entry arch.

Folklore[edit]

Among the folk dances presented in this municipality are the dance of "The Deer" and "Micos."