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Address: 5 Calle Oriente, Antigua, Guatemala
Description: 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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two attractions in one

what makes this so interesting is that when you enter from the one side you enter a well preserved Cathedral - fully adorned with spectacular religious artifacts and paintings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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253 reviews 253 reviews
95 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

what makes this so interesting is that when you enter from the one side you enter a well preserved Cathedral - fully adorned with spectacular religious artifacts and paintings. It is well lit and accessible - several naves had people praying while tourists looked at the art. But then, if you continue to the back of the church or if... More 

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A lovely building on the outside, beside the attractive main square. The inside is worth a look, but nothing special compared to La Merced or Santa Clara.

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London, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

amazing use of the location for fabulous restaurant, gorgeous gardens, and spectacular use of the old structures to locate a hotel and a lovely swimming pool, all surrounded by well kept gardens and water features, as well as the parrots!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It's on the zocalo downtown and It's an interesting church, especially during lent when they have sawdust rugs. I saw two different ones. The ruins behind the church are lovely and should not be missed.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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221 reviews 221 reviews
98 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

There are so many better churches to see in this part of the world, so I would choose to see others to see this one. But if one goes to see it, one should pay the entrance fee to see the ruins to understand how huge and great the cathedral it once was.

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Scottsdale
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

ABC stands for Another Bloody Cathedral or Church which is what this is. We have seem quite a few in Central America and this one is not better or worse. We are amazed howver how the Catholic church still extracts pennies from the poor to buy lavish ornaments and pay for the upkeep of these places when these people can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Beautiful shell of the original main cathedral. The ruins are magical. Admission is one dollar. The best one dollar I've spent in years. Be sure to have your camera.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

When you visit Santiago Atitlan you must visit one of the oldest churches (1548) of Guatemala just behind the market. You will be surprised of the clothing of the statues and the atmosphere in the church and the monastery behind. After that you can visit Maximom.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It is a sombre mix of what is now quite a small cathedral with the finery expected and the extent of the one prior to being destroyed by an earthquake. The Bishop's Palance adjacent that has literally been left further demonstrates the damage caused.

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Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Cathedral itself is very impressive, even if you have seen others. What stood out is the ruins of the old cathedral that was rebuilt twice after earthquakes and then left when a third extensively damaged the structure. There are some support structures holding up the walls but columns that fell were left, making it seem the earthquake just happened.... More 

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