Tegucigalpa is 431 Years Old


According to historians, the city of Tegucigalpa in Honduras was founded with the name of Royal Minas de San Miguel de Tegucigalpa, (Royal Mines of Saint Michael of Tegucigalpa) on September 29, 1578, by a Spanish group that was established to uncover silver in the area. Tegucigalpa, according to those sources, means “mountain of silver”, and was baptized with the name for the mineral wealth in the area.

The first settlers located their homes in the hills separated by valleys, streams and rivers, especially the mighty Rio Grande, which snakes into the very heart of the city.

In 1880, it was made the capital of Honduras, which had been Comayagua previously, a colonial city located 85 km north of Tegucigalpa. Over one million people live in homes and buildings erected between the mountainous steep hills.

The City Mayor Ricardo Alvarez called on all citizens to participate in the various activities available in celebration of the 431st anniversary of Tegucigalpa and the day of St. Michael the Archangel. There was a Mass at the Cathedral Church downtown, in honor of St. Michael the Archangel, that was conducted by Bishop Juan Jose Pineda. Various celebrations with music, food and other activities followed.


“I congratulate all people of the capital on their day, and encourage them on a day as happy as today, that we do a self-analysis of our attitudes about the treatment we have given to our city, and the reasons that we dream for a better Tegucigalpa, Alvarez said.

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