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Address: Calle Oriente and 1 Av. Sur 7, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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One of many ruined churches in the city, this multi-domed church is often...

One of many ruined churches in the city, this multi-domed church is often visited by pilgrims seeking answers to their prayers from Friar Hermano Pedro, the beatified 17th-century monk buried inside.

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One of the few restored churches

So many churches were destroyed in the volcanic eruptions in the 1700s, but this lovely one has been restored and is worth a visit. It is an active church, and there is also a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2014
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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2014 via mobile

It's the one church in Antigua where you can't take photos. Watch people do penitence on their knees. It's a church that has Jewish symbols (ark, star of David, tablets). Interesting and colorful candles in various shapes. Clean bathrooms for a fee, bring change.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

So many churches were destroyed in the volcanic eruptions in the 1700s, but this lovely one has been restored and is worth a visit. It is an active church, and there is also a market outside on many days.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

Whole complex of buildings - hospital, school, church, monastery. Ticket really cheap. Worth the visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

The museum adjacent to the church is inteesting and well worth a visit since the entrance fee is less than one dollar. I particularly liked the exhibition of no longer needed artifacts froom those who believe they were cured after praying to San Pedro. There were many crutches, braces, etc on display. Of greatest interest was the display of some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

We went to Mass on a Sunday and it was very moving, the Church is in step with Antigua keeping to the old traditions. They selected my wife for the second reading which was an honor for her.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2014

San Francisco (el Grande) is THE most inspiring (at least for me) Church in Antigua...it's Franciscan, it has colorfaded murals still visable in the ruins, it's a place to be quiet, be restored, to light candles (for your favorite people now or before now) and most of all is a place where everyday Guatemalans worship (people from all levels of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2014

Entry into the Church itself is free and you can visit the final resting place of Saint Pedro. The artwork inside the church is beautiful but note, it is a requirement of entry to cover your shoulders and knees. Shorts, skirts and singlets are not permitted. There is a small museum dedicated to Saint Pedro to the side of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

Close to volcano agua views. Nice photos to be taken outside than inside. South if the town and from Central parque. A church being used, not like most of the others that are ruins.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

We were in the city on a Sunday, and happened to enter the church to visit, but were delighted by the singing that preceded the ensuing mass. We are not Catholic, but found the environment quite worshipful and refreshing. Artwork is amazing in its scale.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

After touring several ruins of churches, it was nice to encounter a living, thriving church filled with people on a Saturday afternoon. The church is beautiful both inside and out and has elements that date to the 16th century. The burial place of a local saint adds a lot. There is a lot of beautiful religious art here, worth lingering... More 

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