The university of San Carlos was founded in 1676 and is considered one of the most beautiful, examples of colonial architecture in Antigua. The university was the third founded in the American continent, right after Mexico and Peru’s universities. It was founded by the name of Colegio Mayor de Santo Tomás in 1562 and it was officially declared a university on January 31st, 1676 by royal command of King Charles II of Spain.
The University's interior features an elegant courtyard surrounded by Moorish arches. Its main building, which was built in 1763, is home to the Museo de Arte Colonial, which is known for the Saint francis series of paintings by colonial artist Cristobal de Villapando. In some of the old lecture rooms, scenes of university life in the 18th century have been recreated.
In a rapidly advancing world where online degrees and universities are flourishing, the University of San Carlos of Guatemala is considered one of the best public universities in Central America. Surprisingly, it is the only public university on the entire country.
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