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19510Ilustration: Jonas Bergstrand: The Motorist

We still are in Latin America, going to our way in the beautiful country of Honduras, crossing tiny roads, little curve to next little curve, enjoying the landscape and the moist breeze that has a history smell. We are going to stay a few days in the capital, Tegucigalpa, where we can find the most important museums in the country, although to inform ourselves about the open field archaeological museums. No more words, we are going to be in motion as a backpaker but instead, we pack illusion and a camera ready for the marathon. Let’s move …

1. Parque Arqueológico y Museo de las Ruinas Mayas de Copán / San Marguala, La Jigua, Copán

foto1According to historians the first contact with the Mayan peoples occurred during the last voyage of Christopher Columbus to the new world in 1502. In the island of Guanaja, Columbus and his companions found a native canoe of merchants that came from a place called Maia or Maiam of whose name it is believed to be derived from the Mayan word. It is not known if the natives were related to a place of Yucatan or Honduras. It was not until the year of 1517 in what was known in the world the existence of the Maya, when three ships commanded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordova were remote from its path and sank. The survivors returned to Cuba with tales of battles that argued with Maya warriors. Copan was one of the most flourishing cities of the Mayan culture. It is located in the area known as Mesoamerica, where they develop the most advanced pre-columbian civilizations. In 1937 the government of Honduras and the Carnegie Institution of Washington began the research project and Restoration of the Archaeological Zone of Copán. Most of the restored structures in this place are the result of this project.

2. Museo Arqueológico Nacional de Comayagua / Tegucigalpa

fotos2Installed in a house dating from the end of the XVI century and it belonged originally to don Francisco’s boat and Santiponce. Then passing by various owners, in 1860 it was confiscated by the State and converted into Presidential House and was even used as National Congress during the government of President Jose Maria Medina. With the passing of the years he gave other uses and has experienced various modifications until the June 6 of 1940, he became a museum of history. The exhibition of the museum exposes varied topics such as the region of the Valley of Comayagua, the cultural and historical development of the Comayagua valley and the rescue project of the archaeological site.

3. Museo de los Palacios / Gracias a Dios

fotos1The reservation of the Man and the Rio Platano Biosphere was created by the Republic of Honduras in the year 1980, and was the first of its kind in all of Central America. Declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1982, the Biosphere includes part of the territory of the departments of thanks to God, Olancho and Colon. In the Reserve reside five culturally distinct peoples: Miskito, pech, tawahkas, Garifunas and mestizos or ladinos. The total population is approximately 40,000 people. Each people has maintained its cultural identity, adapting to their natural environment, developing each one the work of livelihoods: agriculture, hunting, fishing, gathering of fruit and natural medicine. In the place were established Garifuna communities, ladino and misquito, who continue to live there to date. In the museum presents a collection of archaeological and ethnographic area. 

4. Museo de la Fortaleza de San Pedro de Omoa / Cortés

foto2In 1771 Omoa served as a prison and had 21 inmates for various reasons. To Omoa arrived prisoners of all the provinces of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It worked as a prison until the mid-1850 and the administration of Justice was highly questionable. Then, in 1909, the President Miguel R. Dávila decreed that the fortress was officially aimed at prison of the Republic and was until 1959, 50 years later, which was closed as a prison. That same year was declared a national monument. This will put an end to nearly two centuries of defensive military facts and painful history associated with the Presidio, which is still stored in popular memory as a place from which there was no return. In the Museum it is narrated throughout this history, enriched with models of guns and bullets of the time. It also has a temporary exhibition room that is renewed each quarter.

5. Parque Arqueológico Aguas de Talgua /  Aldea Talgua, Catacamas, Olancho
foto1-1Climbing up a wall of almost 30 feet tall, in the light of their lanterns they could see hundreds of human bones and several remains in vessels. Some of the bones have been preserved by a layer of calcium resplendent, deposited by almost a Millennium by the water that still seeps from the walls of limestone rock of the cave. This is the luminous phenomenon that encloses the Talgua Caves: calcite crystals glisten in the light, giving rise to the name of “Bright skulls”. Part of the story can be found in the Museum.

6. Museo de Trujillo / Barrio el Centro Esquina Opuesta del Banco Atlántida
fotos2-1As a place suitable for anchorage of ships and natural entrance to the valleys of Aguan, Agalta and Olancho, Trujillo was the target, since its inception, of various attacks of Corsairs from different European powers enemy of Spain, as it was the case with the English; for this reason, it is in this town where is established the first as defensive of the Atlantic coast of Honduras. Despite this circumstance, the constant harassment of pirates, I force the inhabitants to disperse to their farms, leaving Trujillo practically abandoned much of the 18th century. The fortress of Santa Barbara was declared a national monument by presidential agreement No. 049 of 8 March 1990. Passes to the IHAH property in 1997.
7.  Centro Interactivo de Enseñanza Chiminike / Tegucigalpa
Chiminike_Museum_in_TegucigalpaThe interactive Center of Chiminke, has as its main objective interactive stimulation of the curiosity of visitors and motivate learning through an infinite number of games. In each thematic rooms, you will find information that could be part of your daily activities, and to help other visitors to understand more specific issues related to children and young girls, physics or astronomy, the city. The human body, the environment, the history of Honduras or science and technology in general. Regardless of age, CHIMINIKE you will find activities that will make you have fun and have a good time, whether to carry out the visit alone or accompanied.
8. Galería Nacional de Arte / Tegucigalpa
GALERIA DE ARTE 1The National Gallery of art, of opened to the public on July 31, 1996, with the determined support of several public and private institutions and individuals interested in promoting the Honduran art. Its headquarters a place known as the Auditorium, opposite the plaza La Merced, the building of much value in the history of the country. The building of colonial style, located in the center of Tegucigalpa, was originally the convent of Nuestra Señora de La Merced, built in 1654. Then in 1857 he served for the first University in the country and remained in it until 1968. Visitors can see the different rooms that speak of the past of Honduras today representing part of the heritage and national pride, in the first plant will find the rooms of: rock art, Prehispanic sculpture in stone, pre-Columbian pottery, Colonial painting, religious art in silver.
9. Museo del Hombre Hondureño (?) – / Tegucigalpa
dscn9202It was founded on July 11, 1989 in order to foster the sense of nationality. This museum has a collection of paintings by Honduran artists and opera as art gallery. It offers visitors three rooms of painting exhibitions of artists from the Honduran brush and the library specialized in art Reina Sofía, among others. In addition it operates the workshop of restoration Miguel Angel Gomez, where they have recovered more than 400 works, religious heritage. Private and in charge of the Museum Foundation of the Honduran man – no women in Honduras? -. One of the largest of the FMHH achievements is the development of Casa Ramón Rosa, current seat of the cultural center, where before did the Supreme Court of Justice.
10. Museo de la Naturaleza / San Pedro Sula
Museo-de-la-Naturaleza_aa1a7b7ad225adde1969a0a955bc9d7ab800ff46The nature museum is a Museum under the supervision of the Foundation environmentalist Hector Rodrigo Pastor Fasquelle. This museum features exhibitions on environment, biology of Honduras and natural resources. It has a collection of stuffed specimens of birds, mammals and reptiles that have been found in Honduran territory. New rooms opened to the public in 2008: “The paleontology portal” offering insight into the geologic eras of the planet. It includes written information for further information. Also provides a great service the “room of climate change”, it addresses one of the issues of today and of greatest danger to the survival of life on Earth. Change climate affects ozone, generates the melting of glaciers and leads to increases in temperature. Another of the new spaces is called “The underwater platform”, which has illustrated folders to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge. Display species of fish that live on the platform.
11. Museo de Antropología e Historia / San Pedro Sula
imagesOn 25 January 1994 opened its doors to the public the Museum of Anthropology and History of San Pedro Sula, in the department of Cortes. A regional museum, private and active that tries to give an idea of the cultural development achieved by the different groups that have lived in the valley through the time. The museum was designed by the Center for Studies of Precolumbian and Historic Honduras, civil society, non-profit, that with the help of many individuals, institutions and companies were able to organize and bring it to life. From its opening until the moment, the museum has been fulfilling its goals, including the need to protect the national heritage, educating and disseminating culture, encourage research, to create and strengthen a cultural identity. The museum is located in a building that for years was the headquarters of the Primary School Francisco Morazán, now remodeled and conditioning to fulfill his new role.
12. Museo para la Infancia / San Pedro Sula

PanorámicaThe draft The small Sula, Museum for Children was created by the Municipality of San Pedro Sula1 in 1998 with the objective to participate in the comprehensive training of boys and girls, providing schools, and particularly to those who are in the areas of scarce economic resources, a laboratory where there is opportunity to learn about the practical applications of the theory taught in the classroom. The objectives of the museum are: to complement the programs of the national system of education serving as a space for learning, laboratory and library study. Guide to boys and girls outside the formal education system, offering an alternative of learning and motivation. Enable the development of research capacity, artistic creativity and human sensitivity of children. Improve the recreational conditions, participation and solidarity within a framework of experience and learning useful for a productive future life.

NOTE FROM WRITER:

Today we have taken a problem by using kerning with the blog, so it is possible that you watch the texts of both form a dissimulation. Os we apologize.

The contents of the Agendas Mundi of today have been gleaned from the information you have given us the Central American Network of Museums (REDCAMUS), including the pictures. Starting this week, we’re opening different contacts with departments of museums of the Latin American countries that we still have to visit, to offer the option to inform us promptly of everything that is related to their respective national museums. We imagine that some reply to our request and others do not, as in reality we are already seeing.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

HISTORIA MÍNIMA DE CENTRO AMÉRICA / RODOLFO PASTOR / Ediciones TURNER, 2013 / Resumen del libro: Una visión integral del istmo -Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica y Panamá- desde la antigüedad hasta el siglo XXI. Recorre la historia de Centroamérica desde sus primeros pobladores hasta las sucesivas crisis del siglo XX, pasando por la época colonial, las vicisitudes del imperialismo estadounidense

MITOS CUENTOS Y LEYENDAS DE AMERICA LATINA
ALEJANDRO ALCALA
Ediciones VERBUM, 2013
Resumen del libro: Myths, legends and folktales from Latin America collects and updates stories drawn from the folklore and traditions of the various peoples of South America. Humor and imagination not lacking to the texts that we present, which pose a captivating journey through the Americas and its enormous cultural wealth.

CONSTITUCIÓN DE HONDURAS (EBOOK) / AUTORES VARIOS Resumen del eBook: The 1982 Constitution was the result of the result of negotiations between the political forces and the military. It reduced the presidential term, was established the non-reelection; and gave to the Armed Forces the guardianship of the system, in the case that I would like any attack against democracy and delete the constitution.

EL MAR DE ORO
HUGO PRATT
NORMA EDITORIAL, S.A., 2013
Resumen del libro: In an Eagle in the Jungle, we will talk about those adventurers and because of a seagull, Corto Maltese continues to explore the most remote and wild of the planet: the seas of the Caribbean and the coasts of Brazil and Honduras.
Happy weekend to all!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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