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The highlights are many. If this is your first time in Santiago, and you are an English speaker... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cathy D
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New Paris, Ohio
Fascinating

Interesting church steeped with blended Mayan and Catholic syncretism symbolism. Interesting... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2018
Will B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 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

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
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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.

Date of experience: January 2018
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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
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

Date of experience: January 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: August 2017
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

Date of experience: May 2017
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