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“A view of Spanish Beauty” 4 of 5 stars
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Colonial church
center of town, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
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Lake Atitlan and San Antonio Palopo Including a Tuk Tuk Ride
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A view of Spanish Beauty”
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 both christian and pagan gods are honored by their processions.

Visited February 2013
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“Nothing special except...”
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.

Visited July 2013
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“Historical church”
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.

Visited May 2013
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“Fascinating blend of Catholic and Mayan”
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!

Visited February 2013
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“fascinating church - mix of Mayan and Catholic”
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.

Visited February 2013
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