Torre Centroamericana

Location in Guatemala

Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°11′W / 14.767°N 91.183°W / 14.767; -91.183Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°11′W / 14.767°N 91.183°W / 14.767; -91.183
Country  Guatemala
Department Sololá
Municipality Sololá
Founded 1547
  Type Municipal
  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
Climate Cwb

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 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.

Sololá cemetery
Sololá market
Overlooking Lake Atitlán

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