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Review of Santo Tomas Church

Santo Tomas Church
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Santo Tomas Church is one of the more interesting places to visit. It was built over Mayan temple 400 yrs ago, but the 18 steps that you see today (each step is representing one month on the Mayan calendar) were preserved, and are the same ones that led into the temple.
It is a sacred Mayan place and as previously mentioned they still practice their faith, inside and outside the church.

Inside, the center is lined up with stone altars for Mayan ceremonies and rituals; left and right sides, and the main altar are the Catholic part . On the walls you will see paintings, and statues, now dark from the smoke.

Another meaningful fact: In18th Century, Dominican friar Francisco Ximenez found Popol Vuh on the church grounds. Popol Vuh is a structured set of texts of mytho-historical narratives of the Post Classic K'iche' kingdom in Guatemala's western highlands.

As a tourist enter the court yeard (to the right when facing the front of the church) then go inside using the side door on the lt hand side. Taking pictures inside the church is not allowed.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Santo Tomas really made it clear to us how local Catholicism absorbed many symols and practices of the local Mayas. With an informed guide, it's a fascinating multi-cultural and multi-religious experince.

Thank GuySeabrook
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

A huge cathedral place with stone altars for the Mayans to use in the centre aisle and catholic saints and altars around the side. The plaster image of the saint looked a lot like a representation of Jesus. Shamans were doing rituals here.

Thank JanleeCanberra
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Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

I highly recommend a trip to this church if you are in the area. The blend of Catholic & Mayan traditions is fascinating.

Thank lizahc
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

The church was wonderful and such a great study in Guatemalan culture. Both outside and inside the church, you'll see a seamless blend of Catholicism and traditional Guatemalan beliefs. Even from the front stairs, you will see people leaving offerings for and praying to both the Christian and their traditional gods. There is a lot of ritual smoke in the air, so if you have sensitive eyes it might be a concern.

In the church, you can see first hand the blend of Christianity and traditional faith. The wonderful Guatemalan guides (wearing blue vests that indicate they are official tour guides sanctioned by the Antiguan government) will give you great insight into the history of the church, and all the things that will be happening while you're there. They will point out all the important things and give you a great taste of the richness and diversity of Guatemalan faith.

One of the most interesting churches I've visited.

Thank Ndidi A
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