5 Best Churches To Visit In Guatemala

This is not a thing that is known by many but Guatemala has some really interesting churches that can be visited by those that want such an attraction. You will surely love absolutely all the Guatemala churches that are mentioned below. You can easily choose some that you would love and that would make your vacation more special.

Catedral Metropolitana – Guatemala City

Catedral Metropolitana – Guatemala City

This is a church that has been special ever since it was built since construction took around 86 years. That is quite a lot but the elegance is definitely something that was warranted. The Guatemala City cathedral managed to withstand the test of time. It was affected by various major earthquakes but now you can see it in all its beauty. The really impressive aspect of Catedral Metropolitana is the façade as it is really bold and large. The interior of the cathedral is tremendous for the numerous icons and art present. You can start your Guatemala City exploration at Catedral Metropolitana for a great day of exploration.

Iglesia San Francisco – Guatemala City

Iglesia San Francisco – Guatemala City

While this is definitely not a famous Catholic church and not the most well-known in Guatemala City, it is definitely one that you want to visit because of the altar that it features. There is only one way to describe the huge 92 meters tall wood carved altar: impressive.

Convento De Las Capuchinas – Antigua

Convento De Las Capuchinas – Antigua

This is a Capuchin convent. The life of the nuns that lived here was really austere and difficult in the past. Now the grounds and the buildings are among the most picturesque and pastoral that you can experience in Antigua. We are faced with a pretty sprawling and large complex. It was abandoned during the 1776 earthquake but the damage was not at all too much, being minor compared to what was expected. If you want tremendous views, this is a church that has to be on the list.

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Iglesia De Santo Tomas – Chichicastenango

Iglesia De Santo Tomas – Chichicastenango

This church was built in the year 1540. It is modest and is special as it serves for Maya rituals and Catholic worship at the same time. This is definitely rare. Exterior steps represent all the months of Maya calendar. Nowadays, steps are normally used as alter for Maya offerings and prayer. The church is also really famous as it was where the oldest Popol Vuh version was discovered.

La Basilica – Esquipulas

La Basilica – Esquipulas

Out of all the religious sites that you can visit in Guatemala, this one is the most well-known so we need to mention it, although it does not get the attention it used to. This is the only basilica that exists in the country. Around 1 million pilgrims visit every single year though to pay respects to the Black Christ statue, at this church that was built in the year 1758.

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