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Cathedral de Santiago, Antigua

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Observe the ruins of Cathedral de Santiago, a landmark in the World Heritage-listed capital. Built in 1541, the cathedral sustained damage in the massive 1773 earthquake, after which it was only partially reconstructed. Today, the front of the building remains, as does a small church, while the rest is in ruins. Roam the massive pillars under the open sky, see the fragments of arches and frescoed church walls, and try to imagine the grandiose original building. Admire the ornate front facade, and take haunting photographs of the mighty remains. Work out when and for how long to visit Cathedral de Santiago and other Antigua attractions using our handy Antigua tour planner.
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  • This built Cathedral late 18th - early 19th century was destroyed by the earthquakes of the 20th century. Only a portion has been restored and you can access the ruins built in 1680 on the side. There is a magic in this tour of the ruins and we want to stroll watching the vaults and imagining the dome. It is then replaced by the Sun and the clouds which is superb. The blocks of stone still in place that collapsed give an idea of the strength of earthquakes.
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  • It's central on one side of the main square so worth visiting. It's not over ornate which I prefer. On our visit we saw a baptism, the boy of 18 months wearing a white solk suit.  more »
  • A quite small and very sober Cathedral to which are affixed the ruins of the old cathedral. For a few Quetzal, go see these beautiful ruins.
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  • Beautiful church of san jose.
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