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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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The church has very steep steps. On Sundays, the market spills on the church's steps making them even more treacherous. Inside you will find penitent worshipers lighting candles, chanting, burning incense, and expressing their faith. A must see stop in Chichicastenango.
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A must see when in chichi. Very crowded on market days with LOTS of flowers and incense. Picturesque
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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 were told that if renovated
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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.
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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 taxi drivers out front offer 3 hour tour of
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