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Colonial church

center of town, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
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Rome, Italy
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614 reviews 614 reviews
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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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New Paltz, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

A book could be written about the historical and cultural significance of this place. Built over an Mayan temple, the church is charged with mystery and is a very significant pilgrimage site for the entire region's indigenous community,.

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Bastrop, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We were extremely fortunate to be in Santiago on a Sunday--so we were in the vicinity of the church when the mass was finishing. As the congregation exited the church---it was a rainbow of colors as almost everyone was dressed in their native Mayan finery. We saw many examples of traditional garb--including a very traditional Mayan headress that is on... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Lee Beal took us to the church as part of a tour of Lake Atitlan villages, and being a student of history, The Colonial Church was very meaningful as it was touched so closely by the Civil Conflict. Great exposure to recent history that all Americans should know about, and a vital part of any tour of Santiago Atitlan. Lee... More

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new york, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

My husband and I only spent less than 2 hours in Santiago. We hired a tuktuk that gave us a ride to the main attractions of the town. We stop by el lavadero Maya (women washing clothing in the lake), el Parque de la Paz, Maximon's shrine and we ended at the church. What a beautiful place! The communion between... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

When visiting Lake Atitlan area, 'everyone' goes to Santiago Atitlan. Of course you want to hire a tuktuk and visit Maximon, the smoking God of Mayan culture, but don't miss this church and the vital city bustle in narrow streets winding up and down hills. Within, a Mayan Shaman is pleading at a small altar near the main Catholic altar.... More

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