Just south of the Parque Morazán and next to the Iglesia La Merced on Calle Bolívar, the Galería Nacional de Arte  is home to an extensive and interesting collection of Central American art. Displays on the ground floor range from prehistoric petroglyphs and Maya stone carvings to religious art, while rooms upstairs house an ambitious selection of modern and contemporary Honduran art, including some works by Pablo Zelaya Sierra, one of the country’s leading twentieth-century artists. Originally serving as a convent during the seventeenth century, and later as the national university, the building has a Neoclassical facade that sits rather uncomfortably alongside the stained concrete bulk of the Congreso Nacional, the country’s seat of government next door.

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