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Founded in 1543, Antigua was the seat of Spanish colonial government for the Kingdom of Guatemala, which included Chiapas (southern Mexico), Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It ultimately grew into the most important city in Central America, filled with monumental buildings of ornate Spanish colonial architecture. Antigua in its heyday, with a population of perhaps 60,000, was surpassed in the New World only by Mexico City and Lima. Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, it is famous for its well-preserved Spanish Mudejar-influenced Baroque architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches. Antigua is designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.