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“mayan temple”(4 reviews)
“main altar”(4 reviews)
“lake atitlan”(6 reviews)
| Center of Town, Santiago Atitlan 07019, Guatemala
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Will B
Reviewed 15 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

1  Thank Marianne H
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.

Thank pawel_hbg
Reviewed 5 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.

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

1  Thank jaybeeFL
Reviewed 12 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

Thank r0landbrunner
Reviewed 13 September 2017

What amazed me most about visiting this church in Santiago was seeing how two cultures (Catholic and Mayan) merged together in one place. Seeing the women praying to Saints in their Mayan costumes was really extraordinary and unexpected. The church itself is like many in...More

Thank PedroN2441
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The Guatemalan are very religious and this is notorious because of the number of churches, especially the Evangelicals, that exist in the country. The most interesting of the older Catholic churches is the fact that they mix the native religions with the Catholic religious cult...More

1  Thank vmimartins
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

I walked the square in front of this luminous, austere colonial church, where a liberal American priest was murdered in the '90s. You can observe the families and children coming and going from the attached school buildings, market women balancing their sacks and baskets, and...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Beautiful church from 1547. It is a jewel from the beginings of the colony. It is one of the oldest churches of Guatemala. Its exterior painted in white, with big columns at its facade and a plaza with a beautiful stone round staircase with about...More

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