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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 30 July 2019

A must see when in chichi. Very crowded on market days with LOTS of flowers and incense. Picturesque

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank GregEng
Reviewed 26 May 2019

Interesting church, but then there are many like this all over Guatemala and this one does not justify the long drive there. Clearly the center of town. Sadly most of the old paintings are totally black. When we enquired why they were not restored, we...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 27 April 2019 via mobile

This is the first time I have seen Christianity and Mayan religion practised under the same roof. It is certainly well worth a visit to gain an understanding of the complex intertwining of the religions.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 24 April 2019

We were sailing with Oceania Cruises and Santo Tomas was one of the ports of call. Unless you are a well seasoned traveler and/or speak some Spanish I would recommend a tour from the ship to the Mayan ruins or a Rio Dulce tour. The...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 25 March 2019 via mobile

One enters the oldest church in Chichicastenango through the side door. The front steps are full of flower sellers and those partaking in Mayan ceremonies. Inside there is the opportunity to see more Mayan ceremonies and observe the Shaman at work. The decor is original...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DP1066
Reviewed 12 March 2019

Take a break from the crazy market and cool off inside this beautiful church. There are interesting Mayan ceremonies inside between the two aisles of pews as well as outside on the front steps.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JenniferInMontreal
Reviewed 10 March 2019

If you are interested of the trails of oldest coloniakl history of Central America - must it see.The church wa created in the second decade od XVI century, is older than Antigua de Guatemala city. Big church, builded on background of ancien mayan temple. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Marek M
Reviewed 2 March 2019

Lording over Chichicastenango market situated on a hill overseeing the market is the Iglesia De Santo Tomas. This church on the plaza's east side is often the scene of rituals that are more distinctly Mayan than Catholic. Inside, the floor of the church may be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank betty l
Reviewed 16 February 2019 via mobile

The Mayan people pray alongside the Catholics. Both religions are accepted. Church is dark from the many years of candles burning in the church! It is a must see while visiting Chichicastenango and well worth the visit!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank onesweetgem
Reviewed 11 February 2019

This beautiful living church has places where people perform traditional Mayan ceremonies in front of and inside the church. They had a great marimba band that did the music for the mass I attended.

Date of experience: February 2019
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