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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.
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Plaza Mayor, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

Beautiful church. In front is the market, which has taken over what would be a gorgeous plaza. 6 more characters needed to get to 100.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Fontenla13
Reviewed 16 May 2017

While walking through Chichicastenango, make sure to visit the Santo Tomás Church built in the mid 1500s where you'll see a mix of both Catholic and Maya traditions under one roof.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

A lovely church surrounded by flower sellers on market days. If you want to see an AWESOME church go to San Andres just outside of Xela. (Only 2 hours away from ChiChi by chicken bus)

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

As such the church was not spectacular but the the history and the fact that both faiths are mixed is interesting. The maya tables in the middle of the alleyway corresponding to the Maya calendar and the various lights on them were unusual. A shaman...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

We saw just the outside of this but it looked like an interesting church. It was market day and Easter Sunday when we went so there were people crowding the stairs but it was nice to see the church decorated for Easter.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank KayleeShepheard
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Quaint church with a mixture of ancient mayan and cattholic cultures. Pay close attention to the temple as you can see this mixture also at the entrance there is a Mayan native burning opal to please the gods

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We happened to be there on a special day of celebration, so there was a lot going on inside and outside the church, which a guide explained to us. Seeing the local people in procession carrying images of saints that were so heavy that some...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank VFLondon
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This church seems to appear out of no-where in the middle of the market complex. It is beautiful on the outside, and the stairs are covered with flowers, traditional peoples, and incense. It is a very sacred place, and our guide informed us NOT TO...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Nothing particularly special, at least to me, about the structure. But poke your head it to see people combining Mayan with Catholic ritual.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank jaz79h
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

The church is like no other I've seen except for the creepy St Juan Chamina. It has cloth drapes from ceiling, is dark with lots of idols of saints, floor covered in pine leaves, has a notable lack of figures of Christ and sacraments and...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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