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“Historical church”
Review of Colonial Church

Colonial Church
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$125.00*
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Lake Atitlan and San Antonio Palopo Including a Tuk Tuk Ride
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

A church that played important role during civil war. Centrally located. Saints are dressed up I clothing. Outside the church is great people watching.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Statues of saints dressed in colorful shirts and ties. Shamans doing their traditional Mayan ceremonies at a side alter. Wooden carvings on the alter telling both the Mayan and Christian biblical stories. Don't miss in Santiago! Go see Machiman too!

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Like most churches in the highlands, this is a fascinating mix of cultures. The saints are dressed by the local villagers with shirts and ties. There is a separate alter for the Mayan shaman to light candles and pray.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This church, established in 1541, has seen much. In particular, it is the site of the murder/martyrdom of Father Stan Rosen who was killed by the death squads during the civil war of the 1980s and early 1990s. Read Henry Nouwen's Love In a Fearful Land before traveling to Santiago Atitlan to understand the region's history that is no longer visible on the region's surface. Aside from that, the statues in the church are dressed each year by local women. They are almost caricatures. Judas is depicted as very short, chained to a treasure box and looking miserable. People pray aloud. Sound is an important element in the church.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

we were very lucky cos we visited this amazing place while all the local women, in traditional dresses were praying. it has been really touching. amazing

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