Catedral de San Jose

Catedral de San Jose, Antigua: Hours, Address, Catedral de San Jose Reviews: 4.5/5

Catedral de San Jose
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Apr 2021
The entrance to the ruins is located on the side of the old cathedral, on Calle 5a Oriente. It costs 20Q to get in and if you wish, you may get a guide for an additional 50Q. if you decide to get a guide know that he may steer you towards his favorite vendors and you'll spend some time, and likely money, at their stalls. The ruins are fairly spectacular, as old churches go. The most interesting thing about this church is that its the resting place of both Pedro de Alvarado and Bernal Diaz, of the conquest of Mexico fame. Just in case you need to know, if you're hoping for the "sanitarios" you'll find none here, so come prepared.
Written April 13, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Nov 2019
At the very beginning of the 19th century, it was established in Antigua a small parish devoted to the cult of Saint Joseph and known as "Parroquia de El Señor San José". Later on, around 1806, it was decided that the new parish could occupy part of the ruins of the ancient "Catedral de Santiago". Works started in 1819 and, in 1832, a beautiful baroque building, located at the heart of Antigua's "Centro Histórico" and in front of the city's "Parque Central", was consecrated as "Parroquia de San José"! It is only a parish, but it is locally and lovingly known and attended as a true cathedral. It occupies only the entrance hall of the former church and has, as everything else, been built and rebuilt many times along the years, due to severe damages caused by the earthquakes of 1874, 1918 and 1976. Completely renovated in 1990 and 2015, it is certainly a must see to all those visiting Antigua! Enjoy!'
Written August 21, 2020
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1greenwood
Oakville, Canada413 contributions
Jan 2020
Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and provided an interesting history of the operating portion of the church as well as a detailed explanation of the history of the church prior to the earthquake up to date. The ruins have been preserved and major portions are stored under cover. The long term plan is to perform a level of restoration they can do under UNESCOs rules.

Our tour was very detailed and very enjoyable.
Written January 29, 2020
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5,139 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Cathedral of Saint Joseph was originally built in 1541 then after a few earthquakes was demolished and rebuilt in 1680. On our Blue Planet tour we first viewed the ruins which is enormous then exited the ruins and went into the existing Cathedral to see what it looks like today. It was really amazing to see the ruins of what once was, but then to see what it currently is right next door. I can’t think of anyplace I’ve been where the old is right there with the new. Very interesting and beautiful! Highly recommend!
Written March 5, 2020
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lop8308
Houston, TX99 contributions
Dec 2019
The sheer size of this place will amaze you. Plan on a few hours as the museum collection is extensive and well worht the time and effort to walk through all the corredors on all floors.
Written March 2, 2020
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Mela B
Guatemala City, Guatemala265 contributions
Feb 2019
I was here for a wedding and oh my God was it beautiful! You can appreciate the architecture while looking at the gorgeous blue sky
Written August 6, 2019
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Rebecca M
154 contributions
May 2021
Understanding the history and how the structure was originally built was very interesting. There is much to learn.
Written May 5, 2021
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
Feb 2020
Somewhat of a reminder of the main cathedral of Leon in Nicaragua (which is the "largest cathedral" in Central America) due to a similarity both in size & just general outward appearance, the front facade of this cathedral actually is "quite a bit more" impressive with an "elaborate addition" of a number of saint statues (compared to just a plain facade of the one in Leon); but with that being said, I would just say that the cathedral interior here is not one "matching the expectation" (with yes some "fairly elaborate" shrines apart from the main altar but their beauty to be kind of overlooked in my opinion due to a "limited floor space" which actually was a bit to my surprise given the Cathedral's exterior size!); and also apart from the grand exterior & the pretty-average interior is the "ruin part" adjacent to the Cathedral (an outdoor area to enter from the Cathedral's south side, costing about 40 quetzales or about 5 US$, which I just took a peek looking up at the "high arches" above & such).

Located on the east side of the town's "main plaza" Parque Central (with also some "long heritage-styled" buildings on the other 3 sides, a fountain at about the center with "quite a unique design" of water coming out of the bosoms of a number of female figures & actually also a "beautiful row" of flowers along the entire length of that side of the Plaza facing the Cathedral for some nice photo-ops), also quite close to this cathedral by heading north from the Plaza's northwest corner for just a few-minute walk is the town's "iconic arch" Arco de Santa Catalina (a "lovely one" with a clock above and which is also nicely featured on some souvenir postcards) shortly followed by Iglesia de la Merced (a smaller cathedral than this one but with a nice dome above & yes a front facade of some "elaborate beauty" which really was a pretty worthwhile stopping by although the inside closed for a mass or such). And if you don't mind a bit of a walk, it's just for about another 15 minutes to the bottom of Cerro de la Cruz followed by about another 10 minutes to the top of that hill (with a "fairly sizeable" cross & a view to the south not just of the town below but "more importantly" of the big volcano Volcan de Agua at just a relatively short distance away). And yes apart from the specific sites, also a nice thing to do in this town is just kind of wandering through its cobble-stoned streets lined with colorful buildings (a "smaller comparison" to Cartagena in Colombia but fairly similar to Granada in Nicaragua & Flores right here in Guatemala) while also along the walk are some "optional sites" of church ruins (not the case at the other towns just mentioned).

If coming from Guatemala City, it's the ride of just an hour or so on a "chicken bus" (so-named these old-styled "colorful buses" with not very comfortable seats but "not too bad" a ride for yes a trip not much in duration and actually the bus on my way back quite likely being one "with a/c").
Written December 15, 2020
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andioverton1
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Like many other ruins in Antigua, its signage is scanty and poorly translated into vaguely representing English. Nonetheless, it's impressive and evocative. I really liked the huge chunks of fallen arches, etc., juxtaposed with reconstructed bits.
Written November 21, 2019
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Chris M
Bree, Belgium615 contributions
Feb 2019
This ruine is really fantastic !!! The catedral was destroyed by an earthquake but you can still see how impressive it must have been. At the entrance the are fine wallpaintings and from the terrace you have a great view on the volcanos
Written June 13, 2019
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