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Esquipulas, Officially Municipality of Esquipulas, whose original name was Yzquipulas - is a municipality located in the department of Chiquimula, in eastern Guatemala, the largest city and capital of the municipality is the city of Esquipulas. This city is known as the main point of Central Catholic pilgrimage, as it is the place where they worship the Black Christ of Esquipulas. It is also one of the most important cities of the country and one that has had the most economic and cultural growth.In 2002 it was registered in the tentative list of World Heritage of UNESCO.It is a city with a tourist attraction, ecotourism and religious variety, it is the most visited city and town across eastern Guatemala and the second most visited in the country, surpassed only by the City of Guatemala, visited by approximately four five million tourists annually and devout Catholics, this due to its important and varied religious resorts and distributed in the 532 km2, the smallest city was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1996 which entitled him recognition as Capital Central to the Faith, whose recognition is currently known as to this city, which was also visited by Teresa of Calcutta, hosted the Esquipulas Peace Accords during the mid-1980s. The Basilica of Esquipulas headquarters in Central Catholic Faith is the first wonder of Guatemala competition held by the Industrial Bank on November 26, 2008.Territorial has an area of 532 square kilometers, distributed in 20 villages, 123 sub villages, and one city and two villas which are Timushán Chanmagua and has a total population in 2012 of 56.258 inhabitants and the City Esquipulas has a population of 29.260 which represents 55% of the total population of the municipality. The city of Esquipulas is located 222 kilometers from Guatemala City, at 9.5 kilometers from the border with the Republic of Honduras and 45 kilometers from the city of Chiquimula, bordered to the north with the municipalities of Olopa, Jocotán and department Camotán Chiquimula. On the south by the municipality of Metapan, El Salvador. The east with the departments of Copán and Ocotepeque, Honduras and the west with the municipality of Concepción Las Minas and Resume Chiquimula department, Guatemala.
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