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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