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Santo Tomas Church

Plaza Mayor, Chichicastenango, Guatemala
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Mayans enter through the front door, but others are relegated to the side door of this unusual 1540...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Mayans enter through the front door, but others are relegated to the side door of this unusual 1540 church which combines Catholic and Mayan spiritual practices.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

The church was under construction while we were visiting but we still got a great feel for its majestic beauty. Lovely statues and old world feel.

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brooklyn
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Crowds of the faithful of both traditional and Catholic religions were intedgrated on the church steps with many flowers, inscence and candles.

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kirkwood, mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

So interesting to see the ancient Maya traditions alongside the Catholic ceremonies, all in the same church. A blessing of the infants in one corner with proud family members in attendance was very touching to witness. The rose petals blending with the floor candles in the middle of the church where pews would normally be. The front third of the... More 

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Berkeley
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

Everyone sees the flowers and the front. Go in the side entrance for the real beauty. It is not polite for visitors (gringos) to use the front door. The cross between Catholic and Mayan as a living daily event inside is magic. Candles, incense, flowers,prayer it's all there. (No pictures please)

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calgary,alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

quite unusual with mayan and catholic beliefs mixed together. It is right on the square in front of the market

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North Potomac, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

It was definitely a unique church with a mix of Christian customs and Mayan rituals involving burning incense and candles. Overall, the church looks nice from a distance, but rather dirty when you actually walk in. The Sunday (and Thursday) market is held right in front of this church.

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