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Address: center of town, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

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I think people of all faiths appreciate a sacred place. This was my 2nd visit to this church and it was just as fascinating as before. I was fortunate to go during Holy Week... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2014
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Miami, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I think people of all faiths appreciate a sacred place. This was my 2nd visit to this church and it was just as fascinating as before. I was fortunate to go during Holy Week this year and you will find the saints covered in purple cloth in most of the churches at this time. The andas ("floats" carried in the... More 

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Santiago Atitlan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This church dates back to 1472. You should not miss it. They have unusual carvings and statues. Don't walk in wearing a bathing suit and eating an ice cream cone.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I visited this church during my trip to Guatemala. It is a wonderful example of Spanish design made in the centuries since they came to Central America. The statues and other artifacts are very tasteful and should be seen by all even though they are not religious. Beware of Maximon the Mayan god to who is the competition. At lent... More 

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Los Angeles
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

A very moving tribute to the (U.S. born) Priest who was brutally assassinated by the Guatemalan Army and the town's citizens who were also slaughtered, raped and tortured at the behest of a dictatorship that was supported -- unfortunately -- by the UNited States.

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

A church that played important role during civil war. Centrally located. Saints are dressed up I clothing. Outside the church is great people watching.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Statues of saints dressed in colorful shirts and ties. Shamans doing their traditional Mayan ceremonies at a side alter. Wooden carvings on the alter telling both the Mayan and Christian biblical stories. Don't miss in Santiago! Go see Machiman too!

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Like most churches in the highlands, this is a fascinating mix of cultures. The saints are dressed by the local villagers with shirts and ties. There is a separate alter for the Mayan shaman to light candles and pray.

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Derby, Kansas
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This church, established in 1541, has seen much. In particular, it is the site of the murder/martyrdom of Father Stan Rosen who was killed by the death squads during the civil war of the 1980s and early 1990s. Read Henry Nouwen's Love In a Fearful Land before traveling to Santiago Atitlan to understand the region's history that is no longer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

we were very lucky cos we visited this amazing place while all the local women, in traditional dresses were praying. it has been really touching. amazing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

This is a must visit if you're in Santiago. Maybe it's the only reason to visit Santiago ... we found the hassle factor here to be a magnitude higher than anywhere else in the country. It was non-stop, and we thought the Church would at least be a refuge. Nope! An elderly man, possibly mentally ill, latched on to us,... More 

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