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“Deserves its place at No 1” 5 of 5 stars
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Church of San Francisco
7 Calle Oriente and 1 Av. Sur, Antigua, Guatemala
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Ranked #11 of 35 Attractions in Antigua
Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins
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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.
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“Deserves its place at No 1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

This church and ruins are definitely worth the visit, be it if you are visiting Antigua for a day, or week.

The church is beautiful, however make sure you wear long pants, or a dress and something to cover your arms. Otherwise you should not enter the church, however you can enter the ruins. the toumb of San Pedro is in the church and there is a lot of artwork to see inside the church also.

For only Q5 you have to visit the ruins and museum. There are so many places for a picnic and a photo shoot. (There were 2 photo shoots going on where we were there)

This is such great value and a really relaxed way to see some of Antigua's most beautiful ruins.

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“Beautiful church and ruins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

We wandered around freely and enjoyed seeing the work done on the ruins. but the small museum could be passed up.

Visited January 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The San Francisco ruins are the only ruins in Antigua requiring an admission fee that we entered and it was well worth the reasonable cost. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the ruins and took lots of great photos. Our kids enjoyed being able to move around a bit in the grassy areas and we all found the runs to be very interesting.

Visited January 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Not to miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Go to the upper level of the ruins and enjoy El Fuego frmaed by a ruined arch with the church music behind you.

Visited January 2013
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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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