Santo Tomas Church

Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango

Santo Tomas Church
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Mayans enter through the front door, but others are relegated to the side door of this unusual 1540 church which combines Catholic and Mayan spiritual practices.
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Luis F
Guatemala City, Guatemala127 contributions
A place to remember
Dec 2020
Severe, intriguing, blackened by centuries of smoke, this is a place to remember. It is like time traveling.
Written 29 December 2020
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guatemejor
Tikal National Park, Guatemala64 contributions
milenium church of chichi.
Mar 2020
is good for the visitors that stay in chichi the night before to the marketto know that all the rituals insght the chrch start by 10 Am that time the mass end (CATHOLIC)THEN THE ALTARS AREplaced for the Mayan rituals,you would like to experience the mass that take place in english and Quiche,but it woul be boring if you have no patients,Also you can view the people of the cofradias coming to or living the church.
Written 2 April 2020
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colonial
County Galway, Ireland160 contributions
Not the most beautiful church in Guatemala
May 2019
This church needs to be painted and restored it is used as a loitering ground for vendors. Such a shame.
Written 15 March 2020
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BRodrig
Hillsboro, OR45 contributions
Guided visit
Feb 2020 • Friends
We had an “authorized guide” (with a special guide vest) take us through both churches and the murals by the museum. It was totally worth the cost. She was very thorough and was able to answer all our questions. It makes more sense to go through the main church with someone explaining the Catholic and Mayan traditions held within and outside the church.
Written 16 February 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX5,441 contributions
Steps are Incredibly Crowded on Sunday
Dec 2019
We came to Chichicastenango on a Sunday as a day trip from Guatemala with Gray Line tours.

We walked around the market first before coming to the Santo Tomas Church. On the steps, there are a lot of vendors trying to sell you things. When we came on Sunday, they were holding mass and photos were not allowed. We were allowed to go in and observe. It is not a big church.
Written 15 December 2019
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GTravellerG80210
Denver, CO522 contributions
Sights, Sounds, and Smells
Oct 2019
The church has very steep steps. On Sundays, the market spills on the church's steps making them even more treacherous. Inside you will find penitent worshipers lighting candles, chanting, burning incense, and expressing their faith. A must see stop in Chichicastenango.
Written 6 November 2019
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GregEng
Little Rock, AR32 contributions
Mission Trip
Jul 2019 • Friends
A must see when in chichi. Very crowded on market days with LOTS of flowers and incense. Picturesque
Written 29 July 2019
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Rufli K
London, UK488 contributions
One of the few sights in this town
Apr 2019 • Couples
Interesting church, but then there are many like this all over Guatemala and this one does not justify the long drive there. Clearly the center of town. Sadly most of the old paintings are totally black. When we enquired why they were not restored, we were told that if renovated they would be stolen!
Written 26 May 2019
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Kawana Travellers
Kawana Island, Australia2,166 contributions
Incredibly interesting church
Apr 2019
This is the first time I have seen Christianity and Mayan religion practised under the same roof.
It is certainly well worth a visit to gain an understanding of the complex intertwining of the religions.
Written 26 April 2019
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tangi1
Elizabeth, NJ680 contributions
Wanted to Experience Some Local Culture
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were sailing with Oceania Cruises and Santo Tomas was one of the ports of call. Unless you are a well seasoned traveler and/or speak some Spanish I would recommend a tour from the ship to the Mayan ruins or a Rio Dulce tour.
The taxi drivers out front offer 3 hour tour of the area for $50.00 each. Go around the side of the makeshift garage that houses local vendors and bargain with the English speaking dispatcher. We paid $30.total. The town is a small town with limited tourism. The church was the highlight. Well maintained but very worn. The worshipers were full of smiles.
Written 23 April 2019
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