Comayagua is a city in
80 km northwest of Tegucigalpa on the highway to San Pedro Sula at an elevation of 594 meters above sea
In 2003 the estimated population was 60,000 people.
It is the
capital of the Comayagua department of Honduras.
city is noted for its wealth of Spanish Colonial architecture. The
central square has a cathedral with the oldest clock in the
was founded with the name Santa María de la Nueva
Valladolid by Conquistador
Alonso de Cáceres under orders from Francisco de Montejo, Governor of
Yucatán on December 8, 1537.
1540 on Comayagua was the capital of the Honduras Province of the
Captaincy General of
. In 1786 (23 December) the Spanish Crown created the
of Comayagua, with Comayagua
as its capital which lasted until 1812. From 1812 to 1814 it was
the capital of the Province of Comayagua when it again reverted to
being the capital of the Intendencia
Comayagua until 1820. In 1820, Honduras was again called the
Province of Comayagua or Honduras, with Comayagua as its capital.
independence from Spain it was the
capital of the state of Honduras in the United States of Central
America. After Honduras became an independent
republic, the capital alternated between Comayagua and Tegucigalpa (Comayagua being preferred by Conservative
administrations, and Tegucigalpa by Liberal ones) before being
permanently established at Tegucigalpa in 1880.
In recent years Comayagua has become one of the most important
tourist attractions in Honduras. This is due to the Cooperation
Técnica Española and the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and
History, both of which have cooperated in maintaining the city’s
Comayagua's Central Plaza.
In the downtown is located the Central Plaza. From this strategic
point one can appreciate the cathedral of Comayagua and City
Hall.Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Central Plaza serves as
point of reference of the city. In it the residents gather to
celebrate the local holidays and concerts of marimbas, among other
Right in front of the plaza is located City Hall, which has been
reconstructed a couple of times. The building is of neoclassic
style and was built during the 16th century.
From the Central plaza one can also appreciate the city’s main
attraction, the Cathedral of Comayagua. This church is one of the
biggest and most beautiful churches built during the colonial era
in Honduras. It was inaugurated on December 8, 1711.
Soto Cano Air Base
Soto Cano Air
Base (formerly Palmerola Air Base) is a Honduran
military installation located less than from Comayagua.
two miles (3 km) wide and six miles (10 km) long airbase
is home of the Honduran Air Force Academy. United States maintains Joint
Task Force Bravo on Soto Cano Air Base with approximately 550
US military personnel and more than 650 US and Honduran
Carlos Miranda Stadium: During construction, 2005.
Comayagua is headquarters of Club
, of the Honduran National Soccer League. The club
obtained its first promotion to the National League in 2004-2005.
Nevertheless, after only their first season in the soccer league;
they were relegated to second division once again. For this reason
the board of directors, bought the first division franchise from
Club Municipal-Valencia of Choluteca. The Club plays its home games
at the municipal stadium 'Carlos Miranda' which currently holds
about 10,000 spectators.
- La Caxa Real
- The Column
- The Capillary Room
- City Hall
- Cathedral of Comayagua
- La Merced
- Church of San Francisco
- Church of San Sebastian
- Church of The Charity
- Museum of Anthropology
- Museum of Religious Art
- The "Little Devils"