Cathedral de Santiago, Antigua

4.4
#5 of 14 in Historic Sites in Antigua
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. Use our Antigua attractions planner to visit Cathedral de Santiago on your trip to Antigua, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
map
Create an itinerary including Cathedral de Santiago
Cathedral de Santiago Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
375 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • It must have been something before time and earthquakes destroyed much of it. Now it's little more than an ornate facade, a few small chapels, and ruins. It sits in the main square.  more »
  • Came to the ruins of Cathedral Antigua Guatemala early morning. It was once the largest and most lavishly decorated cathedral in Central America. It was huge and you can still see the supporting beams...  more »
  • Very interesting Church, especially during religious festivals. We saw it in lent and surprised us with great devotion, rich in colorful and artistic activities.
    View original
Places to stay near Cathedral de Santiago

Plan your trip to Antigua

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Cathedral de Santiago by other users

5 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, beaches, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM GERMANY March, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 29 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South Carolina & Antigua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Guatemala City, Santo Domingo & Port-au-Prince BY A USER FROM MEXICO June, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 59 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM EL SALVADOR June, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: June, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM GERMANY May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM GERMANY May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans