Cathedral de Santiago
Cathedral de Santiago
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The original church, constructed in 1543 was damaged in an earthquake and was rebuilt in the 17th century.
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Mountainman827
Custer, SD1,358 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Amazing architecture to see. Different from most cathedrals we have been to with detailed painting on exterior. Lots of street sellers that didn’t leave group alone without stern no.
Written December 2, 2022
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Michael W
Redding, CT1,113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Quite a few of the reviews I saw for this location actually do not relate to the cathedral ruins but the Iglesia de la Merced, which is still in use and very well maintained. This site hasn’t been in use since being destroyed by an earthquake in (I believe) the 18th century. Only Q 20 entrance fee so worth a few minutes of your time.
Written November 15, 2022
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
There is quite a lot of history to this building. After being built in 1545 the cathedral suffered a series of earthquakes including the 1773 earthquake that destroyed Antigua and caused the capital to be moved to Guatemala City.

Following the earthquake over the next century the building was only partially reconstructed. The current parish of San Jose can be seen from the central plaza but doesn’t occupy the entire block. Behind San Jose lies the ruins of the original cathedral.

To view the ruins you can pay 20Q. This area isn’t huge and will only take perhaps 15-20 minutes to explore. There is a a couple of crypts in this area also. The activity offers the customer a chance to take some cool photos but is probably a bit overpriced.
Written September 20, 2022
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Rebecca M
232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Loved the history of the church. We were able to visit inside and pray. Much to learn and the architecture was awesome
Written May 5, 2021
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,026 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
Lovely cathedral in center, nice when it's lit up at night as well, didn't enter it but looked from outside
Written February 10, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Its construction started around 1541 and 1545. Along the centuries, it has been built and rebuilt many times, due to the major earthquakes that have struck the country. In 1680, the church was finally consecrated: "Catedral Primada de Santiago de los Caballeros", devoted to the cult of St. James, the Patron Saint of Guatemala. This Cathedral had a large dome, multiple chapels, naves, important paintings, statues, golden carved altars and an underground mortuary crypt. But the earthquakes continued, in 1717 ("Terremotos de San Miguel"), in 1751 ("Terremotos de Guatemala") and in 1773 ("Terremotos de Santa María"). Right after this last earthquake, which destroyed almost the whole city of "Santiago de los Caballeros" (the actual "Antigua"), the Spanish authorities decided to build a new capital city - "La Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción" (the actual "Ciudad de Guatemala") and a new cathedral - the actual "Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santiago de Guatemala", in Ciudad de Guatemala. The ruins of the old "Catedral Primada de Santiago de los Caballeros" were left behind and a great part of them can still be visited in Antigua. I strongly recommend this visit as the ruins are very interesting, extremely beautiful and near Antigua's "Parque Central". Unmissable! Enjoy!
Written August 13, 2020
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,917 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The cathedral is, as usual, located on the central plaza. We did not go in but externally this building does not disappoint. Very grand
Written June 19, 2020
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blindman20002000
Davie, FL376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This church is not to be missed if visiting the city of Antigua. The ruins of the old church are immense and interesting to see. Bring your camera.
Written April 3, 2020
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This pretty cathedral sits opposite the central park of Antigua. It has a beautiful facade covered with carvings and statues. It makes for a nice photo.
Written February 25, 2020
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travelbug
Pensacola, FL968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
You can enter the church for free and I highly recommend it. Don’t wear tank tops and short shorts ladies it’s looked down upon. I caught a bit of an English service on a Sunday afternoon. Lovely facade.
Written February 6, 2020
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