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Cathedral de Santiago

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Address: Calle Oriente 5, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
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+502 7832 0909

The original church, constructed in 1543 was damaged in an earthquake and...

The original church, constructed in 1543 was damaged in an earthquake and was rebuilt in the 17th century.

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Visit the old part!

The decorations in the part that's still in use is not too exaggerated, quite beautiful. But definitely worth a visit is the part on the back (entrance on the right side!). There... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Peter N
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The decorations in the part that's still in use is not too exaggerated, quite beautiful. But definitely worth a visit is the part on the back (entrance on the right side!). There you can see how big this thing once was!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

large cathedral on the square, just walk in anytime. cool and quiet space away from the heat of the day.

Thank shoemaker_10
San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

I was there on vacation and took some time to visit this place, it is really nice and has a lot of art and great architecture. Even had the chance to see a wedding happening there

Thank frogman1084
Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

This cathedral was begun in 1545, wrecked by the quake of 1773, partially rebuilt over the next century, then destroyed again by the 1976 quake. The present facade and parish church of San José are all that remain of the original building. Behind are the extensive roofless ruins of the main part of the cathedral. These ruins are food for... More 

Thank haohuangpianist
San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Colonial church, very beautiful by day, breath-taking at night. A must see when all the lights go up, it is absolutely amazing.

Thank Melib2906
Monument, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Our cruise ship which docked in Puerto Quetzal only allowed several hours to visit this town. Were it not for the 3 other cruise ships in port that day, this would have been much more enjoyable. We opted not to take the excursion offered by the cruise line and were able to engage a 10-person, air-conditioned van outside the port... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

All that remains of the original cathedral, destroyed in an 18th century quake, are the front edifice and two chapels. They are beautiful and have some amazing art, including a cross-carrying Jesus whose eyes meet you with a sense of remarkable pain and love, and a very engaging nativity scene (at least in January). But what makes this very special... More 

Thank jaz79h
Truro, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

A double pleasure a colonial church still in use with beautiful Latin american religous statues and decoration. There are also fantastic ruins of the even larger original cathederal. The current santuary is only a chapel or wing of the original. Well worth a visit

Thank Matheu M
The Dalles, Oregon
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Reviewed 8 December 2016

This beautiful Antigua icon is a 'must visit' stop, both in front and behind, when I am showing friends around Antigua for the 1st time.

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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

This is a really cool attraction. What makes it really cool is how well kept the kept the grounds are and how good the ruins look with flowers spilling out everywhere. Also several places offer great views of the various volcanos that surround the town. If you go in the afternoon when the sun is low it makes some great... More 

Thank Chris W

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