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Catedral Metropolitana

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Catedral Metropolitana

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Myo M wrote a review Dec 2020
Coquitlam, Canada19,901 contributions669 helpful votes
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Really "quite awesome" once stepped inside this cathedral was seeing its main aisle which I would just describe as one "packed with grandness" where along its both sides are not small but "quite sizeable" paintings depicting the life events of Christ (and with brief descriptions of the artists below from which can be determined the "historic ages" of the paintings themselves!) and also a "unique sight" (as such had been seen in no other cathedral before) which is that of "super-sized" medals likely kind of bigger versions of the medals awarded in this country for exceptional services & such. So yes, a big cathedral with quite plentiful to see inside where apart from those along the main aisle are also shrines & secondary altars (along the two length-side aisles) also with their own displays of interesting sculptures & such, this cathedral actually is one reminiscent for me of those in South America (with grand & ornate interiors in many of the "main cathedrals" of the cities) than in Central America (with just generally plain cathedral interiors from Panama & up with a few exceptions such as the Cathedral of Leon in Nicaragua & the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City). And with the entrance from a "pedestrian street" located on the south side, very conveniently right beside that entrance is Mercado Central (a great place for all kinds of Guatemala souvenirs & also like a food court down below for some delicious "local meals"). And yes, also definitely to stop by while at this area are the 2 sites at just a very short walk from this cathedral (to the right after coming out): the city's "main plaza" Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion (with really quite a bit of space to walk around where at about its center are a big national flag & a fountain and yes where the "west face" of this cathedral is on the Plaza's east side) and the "long building" of Palacio Nacional de la Cultura on the Plaza's north side (with 2 levels of a "fairly impressive" interior to see on an hourly-or-so "guided tour").
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Date of experience: February 2020
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LuizDutraNeto wrote a review Aug 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,501 contributions1,518 helpful votes
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On the East side of Ciudad de Guatemala's important "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución", the very heart of its historical center, you will find this impressive construction. This the "Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santiago de Guatemala", previously known as "Catedral Primada de Centro América". It was built between 1782 and 1815, and was rebuilt on many occasions due to the several earthquakes that have struck the country along the years. It was built following the characteristics of the baroque and neo classical architectural styles, with a surprisingly "simple" interior. It is devoted to the cult of "Santiago El Mayor", the Patron Saint of Guatemala. Unmissable while in Ciudad de Guatemala! Enjoy!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Jessie M wrote a review Mar 2020
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This is very solemn and historic place of worship, even if you're not a Catholic, historically speaking a great place to visit, do not forget to visit the Infantes museum next door, one on the first Catholic schools in Guatemala if not the first, nice and interesting relics from late 1700's
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Date of experience: March 2020
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PandaHouston wrote a review Dec 2019
Houston, Texas5,450 contributions970 helpful votes
We took Uber to walk around Zone 1 of Guatemala City from our hotel (Westin). The Metropolitan Cathedral is in the Central Park. It is a large cathedral but not very decorated.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Robert S wrote a review Nov 2019
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida734 contributions147 helpful votes
This is a lovely building of worship that is worth some time to visit, contemplate and ponder the meaning of life! Not much chance it could be built today.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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