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“Worth visiting the museum...where else can you see a Saint's underwear” 4 of 5 stars
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Church of San Francisco
7 Calle Oriente and 1 Av. Sur, Antigua, Guatemala
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Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City
Ranked #13 of 31 Attractions in Antigua
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: One of many ruined churches in the city, this multi-domed church is often visited by pilgrims seeking answers to their prayers from Friar Hermano Pedro, the beatified 17th-century monk buried inside.
Seattle, Washington
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“Worth visiting the museum...where else can you see a Saint's underwear”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The museum is the gem of this site, as the ruins are pretty ruined and have no tour guide or explanatory information...so you don't know what you are seeing. The cathedral is in use and St. Hermano Pedro's tomb is a revered spot for Catholics who come from all over the Americas to pray for a miraculous healing. Both are worth visiting and you are welcome to light a candle and pray at the tomb where the Saint's ashes have been put to permanent rest.

The museum (admission 5Q) should definitely be toured. The woman who was there when I went through was happy to provide information in Spanish and was quite knowledgeable about the museum's collection. Unfortunately, she only speaks Spanish. The museum has three relatively small sections. The first offers artifacts from both the original church (including an early hand written bible) and the general area, as well as collections of coins, etc. The second area holds crutches, canes, etc. left by people who have been miraculously healed by St. Hermano Pedro, along with testimonial letters and other artifacts from his intercession. The third area provides history about the Saint and his canonization. It includes a number of authentic relics -- shoes, a rosary, and a pair of the Saint's underwear. Abundant interpretive information is provided in both Spanish and English.

Visited January 2013
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“Where a Santo Hermano Pedro rests”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

A beautiful church that embraces its pieces left in ruins from earthquakes. You can view the resting place of Guatemala's Saint Brother Pedro/Santo Hermano Pedro here.

Visited August 2012
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Sainte-Marie
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“The one to see in Antigua”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

It is amazing how big that was! A church and a church museum with church ruins included: this is not the favorite activity for kids. But if you want to visit that kind of place, and there are a lot of them, visit San Francisco. Not that far away from there, go to see the old public laundry too.

Visited December 2012
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Beautiful ruin and church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Great photo ops, be sure to allow enough time to walk the entire property. There are many ruins in Antigua, this is one of the best.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful ruins, interesting history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

The church & museum are well worth a visit, and the ruin-filled gardens are beautiful. The Hall of Miracles was the highlight for me.

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