Catedral Metropolitana
Catedral Metropolitana
4.5
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Built between 1782 and 1868 on the edge of Plaza Mayor, this Baroque-styled church contains ornate altars, statues and colonial artwork.
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada21,459 contributions
Feb 2020
Really "quite awesome" once stepped inside this cathedral was seeing its main aisle which I would just describe as one "packed with grandness" where along its both sides are not small but "quite sizeable" paintings depicting the life events of Christ (and with brief descriptions of the artists below from which can be determined the "historic ages" of the paintings themselves!) and also a "unique sight" (as such had been seen in no other cathedral before) which is that of "super-sized" medals likely kind of bigger versions of the medals awarded in this country for exceptional services & such. So yes, a big cathedral with quite plentiful to see inside where apart from those along the main aisle are also shrines & secondary altars (along the two length-side aisles) also with their own displays of interesting sculptures & such, this cathedral actually is one reminiscent for me of those in South America (with grand & ornate interiors in many of the "main cathedrals" of the cities) than in Central America (with just generally plain cathedral interiors from Panama & up with a few exceptions such as the Cathedral of Leon in Nicaragua & the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City).

And with the entrance from a "pedestrian street" located on the south side, very conveniently right beside that entrance is Mercado Central (a great place for all kinds of Guatemala souvenirs & also like a food court down below for some delicious "local meals"). And yes, also definitely to stop by while at this area are the 2 sites at just a very short walk from this cathedral (to the right after coming out): the city's "main plaza" Plaza Mayor de la Constitucion (with really quite a bit of space to walk around where at about its center are a big national flag & a fountain and yes where the "west face" of this cathedral is on the Plaza's east side) and the "long building" of Palacio Nacional de la Cultura on the Plaza's north side (with 2 levels of a "fairly impressive" interior to see on an hourly-or-so "guided tour").
Written 6 December 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Nov 2019
On the East side of Ciudad de Guatemala's important "Plaza Mayor de la Constitución", the very heart of its historical center, you will find this impressive construction. This the "Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de Santiago de Guatemala", previously known as "Catedral Primada de Centro América". It was built between 1782 and 1815, and was rebuilt on many occasions due to the several earthquakes that have struck the country along the years. It was built following the characteristics of the baroque and neo classical architectural styles, with a surprisingly "simple" interior. It is devoted to the cult of "Santiago El Mayor", the Patron Saint of Guatemala. Unmissable while in Ciudad de Guatemala! Enjoy!
Written 6 August 2020
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Jessie M
2 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is very solemn and historic place of worship, even if you're not a Catholic, historically speaking a great place to visit, do not forget to visit the Infantes museum next door, one on the first Catholic schools in Guatemala if not the first, nice and interesting relics from late 1700's
Written 11 March 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
Dec 2019
We took Uber to walk around Zone 1 of Guatemala City from our hotel (Westin). The Metropolitan Cathedral is in the Central Park. It is a large cathedral but not very decorated.
Written 16 December 2019
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Robert S
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL817 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
This is a lovely building of worship that is worth some time to visit, contemplate and ponder the meaning of life! Not much chance it could be built today.
Written 28 November 2019
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Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand5,226 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
The Cathedral Metropolitan Basilica of Santiago de Guatemala or Metropolitan Cathedral, is the main church of Guatemala City and of the Archdiocese of Guatemala. It is located at the Parque Central in the center of the city. We found its exterior and interior mundane and nothing impressive architecturally. Besides its blue dome nothing is memorable.
Written 22 October 2019
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tittyandrade
Guatemala City, Guatemala30 contributions
Aug 2019
If you come to Guatemala City you have to visit Catedral Metropolitana at center of the City. Is a nice church, pretty view and inside is really interesting.
Written 7 October 2019
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LUCILA T
New Orleans, LA175 contributions
Oct 2019
I was and am awed by this humungous church and its great art and history. we saw many historical statues and monuments. awesome!!!
Written 6 October 2019
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Heguang Z
1,365 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Located at central plaza of Guatemala City, a landmark and one of the two main buildings at the plaza. Free entry.
Written 6 September 2019
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JC Torres
Salem, OR50 contributions
Aug 2019
A must see beautiful landmark but it’s only open certain hours of the day.

We tried to visit before 2 pm and the didn’t let us come in.

Written 6 August 2019
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