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A fascinating mix of Mayan and Catholic cultures

This is one of the most memorable churches I have visited with its mix of Mayan and Catholic... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Very interesting ornaments

Really worth to see exceptionally ornaments and very interesting figures in the church. at all... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marek M
Czestochowa, Poland
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| Center of Town, Santiago Atitlan 07019, Guatemala
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the most memorable churches I have visited with its mix of Mayan and Catholic culture. The altarpiece is original dating from the 16th century, as is the facade. Much of the church is a reconstruction following the 1976 earthquake, but has...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DP1066
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really worth to see exceptionally ornaments and very interesting figures in the church. at all - one more colonial church, achieved by high steps, fully of local tradition.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Marek M
Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

We’ve been to so many churches across the small towns and villages of Guatemala. I would say this one is just like most of the others, therefore the average score. If you haven’t been in dozens then go as it may be more interesting to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Leigh-Traveler2015
Reviewed 12 November 2018

The highlights are many. If this is your first time in Santiago, and you are an English speaker, I recommend a guide. Dolores, if she is available, or Roulando. You won't need a last name. It's a very small town. At the back of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cathy D
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Interesting church steeped with blended Mayan and Catholic syncretism symbolism. Interesting setting just off main plaza.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Will B
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

The church is built on the site of a Mayan temple and there is an interesting mix of cultures inside. The Mayans have been allowed to dress the statues. They change the dresses every year. This allows both the Mayans and the Catholics to use...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

I really like to admire- whenever I have chance - colonial architecture. You can always take some small rest from street noise and try to feel special atmosphere. That church is very charming and worth to step in.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank pawel_hbg
Reviewed 6 February 2018

This church has such an interesting history with the blend of Catholic and Mayan beliefs and traditions. The interior is unlike other Catholic churches. It also honors the memory of one of its Catholic priests who was killed in 1981.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank MitziMarmot
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Arrived by boat on our day long tour of villages surrounding Lake Atitlan. Santiago is one of the largest and is known for woodcarving especially the "Santos". These are carved statuary depicting many of the catholic saints. We purchased several of Francis of Assisi.The church...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank jaybeeFL
Reviewed 13 January 2018

yesterday I wrote that the church in Chichicastenango is the nicest one I saw in Guatemala. But this one equals it for sure. imposing from the stairs up to the square in front of the church, up to the main altar front. especially the side...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank r0landbrunner
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