Sololá

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Sololá
Municipality
Torre Centroamericana
Torre Centroamericana
Sololá is located in Guatemala
Sololá
Sololá
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°46′00″N 91°11′00″W / 14.76667°N 91.18333°W / 14.76667; -91.18333
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Vlagsolola.gifSololá
Municipality Sololá
Founded 1547
Government
 • Type Municipal
Area
 • Municipality 94 km2 (36 sq mi)
Elevation 2,114 m (6,936 ft)
Population (Census 2002)[1]
 • Municipality 63,973
 • Urban 30,155
 • Ethnicities Kaqchikel, K'iche', Ladino
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Website inforpressca.com/solola

Sololá is a city in Guatemala. It is the capital of the department of Sololá and the administrative seat of Sololá municipality. It resides around lake Atitlan.

The name is a hispanicized form of its pre-Columbian name, one spelling variant of which is T'zolojy'a.[2] The urban center has about 14,000 people, but the municipality also includes four village communities—Los Encuentros, El Tablón, San Jorge la Laguna, and Argueta—as well as 59 smaller rural communities.[2]

Sololá cemetery
Sololá market

Sololá is situated at 2.114 m on a mountainside overlooking Lake Atitlán, some 600 meters below. It is a highland market center and is the headquarters for the Catholic Bishopric encompassing the Sololá and Chimaltenango Departments.

Almost all residents of Sololá are Kaqchikel Maya, except in Argueta, where most are K'iche' Maya.[2] A large percentage of both men and women continue to wear traditional Mayan clothing.

Sololá is home to many international organizations including Manna Project International, Friendship Bridge, Mayan Families and Love Futbol.

Overlooking Lake Atitlán

Famous Residents[edit]

Mariano Garcia, who moved away, is still remembered as the town's most popular resident.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sololá - Historia". Inforpressca.com. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°11′W / 14.767°N 91.183°W / 14.767; -91.183