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Cathedral de Santiago
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Owner description: The original church, constructed in 1543 was damaged in an earthquake and was rebuilt in the 17th century.
Reviewed March 17, 2014

This cathedral is a good way or orient yourself in Antigua. It is at the "top" of the main square. Once you know how to find this, everything else will fall into place. Antigua seems like a maze at first, but by finding the cathedral (and perhaps the cross on the hill), you can find everything else.

The ruins (entrance is on the side street - not the front) are beautiful in the daytime. The best photos are probably when the sun is out in full to limit shadows, but honestly, any time is lovely and you can choose your angles. Once inside the ruins, make an immediate right to descend by stairs into the South crypt. It is an ominous set of rooms and passages where you can explore a bit. The security guard on the main level can tell you more about the history if you speak Spanish.

At night, the best photos can be taken outside the front of the main church by standing at the edge of the park. You may just have to wait for the cars to pass every now and then. The lighting is beautiful and it is still safe in Antigua after dark. Just be smart about where you walk and how you carry your belongings.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Take an old monastery and retrofit it for rooms. We loved the center courtyard, the nightly live music, the wonderful breakfast with made to order eggs, but the best part, was the warm service and the central location in Antigua.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

This cathedral is an antiquity site with a very nice façade. The inside grounds consist of fallen walls and toppled columns. Earthquake damage is rampant. The cathedral borders the central plaza of Antigua. This place harks back to a once grand old city. Unfortunately, the best days of Antigua appear to be behind it. We were here as part of Puerto Quetzal excursion from our Celebrity Century cruise. There were soldiers along the road between the ship port and Antigua. Our guide said the rifled-armed soldiers are here whenever cruise ships come in. Not a comforting thought as to why! Along the road between Antigua and the port, we saw numerous old ladies carrying stick and small logs. The guide told us that most occupants in this area do not have running water and few have electricity. The gathered wood is used to heat homes in cold weather and for cooking.

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Visited the site three years ago on a day trip. Returned this trip and found there was a whole lot more to the place. Really there's only two restored chambers of the original cathedral -often passed off as the cathedral. Go to the back and pay the small fee to really see what's left of the Cathedral from the 1773 earthquake. Steps behind the original main altar lead to the former crypt where you'll see the Black Christ. ( I don't know what the tour guide passed off as the Black Christ three years ago!) Some really good photo opportunities, especially if it's a bright sunny day.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Cathedral de Santiago is located on the east side of Parque Central. It has a beautiful façade. The entrance hall is now the Iglesia de San Jose. On the grounds you can still see the impressive remains of the cathedral. The ruins include collapsed walls, fallen arches and broken columns. There is also a crypt.

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