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Santo Tomas Church

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Address: Plaza Mayor, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
Phone Number: 50256593992
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Mayans enter through the front door, but others are relegated to the side...

Mayans enter through the front door, but others are relegated to the side door of this unusual 1540 church which combines Catholic and Mayan spiritual practices.

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Travelling Guatemala there is a "must" stop in small Indian willage Chichicastenango and if you are lucky you will go there when local market is open watched over by snow white... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Roztoky, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelling Guatemala there is a "must" stop in small Indian willage Chichicastenango and if you are lucky you will go there when local market is open watched over by snow white Santo Tomas church!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting here early on a Sunday (before the shuttles arrive) will give you the best perspective to see local culture and life including the padres performing mass and vendors hawking their wares.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

To get the full experience of the blending of Mayan traditional beliefs and Catholic belief get to the church early on Sunday as the fire, smoke and flowers of the Maya engulf the steps of the Church in what seems to be chaotic activity. Then enter the Church (through the side door) and see how the traditional carries over into... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

You must navigate the intense market and climb the steps to find a bit of peace inside the church or behind the doors on the church grounds. The old historic church has both Catholic and Mayan shaman practicing their faith at the same time. They have figured out how to live in harmony. It's worth the visit.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

It's a very mystical and historical place. Energy is all around and you will enjoy visiting that if you are believer or not.

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Tuscola, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We went here simply to see inside and to visit the market. It is a beautiful church with interesting arcitecture. Worth a stop!

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Greenbrier, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The church is surrounded by the market. The colors are bright, the scent of incense is fantastic, and the mix of Spanish and indigenous languages is beautiful! Truly a fantastic experience!

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Bacliff, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Not your typical Catholic Church by modern standards, where many have been restored. It has sound structure but the interior art and edifices are in need of help. Mass in interesting in that it is presented in a combined Spanish and Mayan language. Also, you will see many vendors on the steps leading into the entrance of the Church. While... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Two churches facing one another. Both built on top of Mayan temples. You can see Mayan ceremonies going on inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

I had read of the church for decades & when we finally did visit earlier this month it was very special. Emerging from the market one sees quite the spectacle of steps covered in flowers, rising smoke from burning incense & the hurly burly of Kiche Maya believers & merchants. The church dates from 1540, although it was rebuilt in... More 

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