Church of San Francisco, Antigua

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Visit the Church of San Francisco, where lies the tomb of Central America’s first canonized saint, Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur. He was known for founding the Hospital of Belen and the miracles he performed; the site brings thousands of pilgrims to this church each year. The church was severely destroyed by earthquakes throughout the 1700s and not rebuilt until the 1960s. Its Spanish-American baroque facade has sixteen vaulted niches and twisted solomonic columns. Various areas, including the bell and clock towers, remain in partial ruin. Admire the main altar and the paintings of saints throughout the church. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Church of San Francisco and many more Antigua attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Antigua tour itinerary app .
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  • Franciscans established a church here in the 16th century, It was expanded later and there was some damage from earthquakes. I attended mass here and can recommend that for fellow believers, as it was...  more »
  • Colonial church built by the Franciscans was destroyed several times by earthquakes that rocked the city and return to rebuild again with a beautiful style and the most surprising thing is that it has Solomonic columns in the front like the shell of Santiago. On the site are the remains of brother Pedro de San José Betancur for which it is a site of pilgrimage in the country and there is also a Museum and a library to visit. It is one of the must-sees in Antigua
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  • Guatemaltecas are religious people. I attended mass in this church on a Sunday and it was a wonderful experience. There was a choir and special musical instruments I had never seen before. It was a gr...  more »
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  • The church is gorgeous. The small museum next door charges I think 7 Quetzales for admission. The staff working the museum can answer any questions you may have. Do not use a person who represents themselves as a guide without asking for a price first. Marcelino insisted on giving us a tour while I had family waiting. We completed the tour in 30 minutes and he charged us 300 Quetzales, almost $43 dollars. A fair rate per my cousins is $100 Quetzales per hour.
  • Historic place. A lot of stories about the Brother Peter (hermano Pedro).
  • Great place to explore and walk the grounds of an old church and ruins. There is a small entrance fee, but it is not too expensive and well worth the price.
  • Absolutely worth visiting. Pilgrimage for locals, as the tomb of Hno Pedro is located here. Restored last century. When in ruins, served as a backdrop to a Tarzan movie produced by Hollywood.
  • If I were to suggest a Church to visit in Antigua this is a must see on your Bucket List. Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur (Santo Hermano Pedro) is how the church was named. for the Saint. The church is Massive on some damage from Earth Quakes and time. Ass Wednesday is a must visit time in the Church, no matter your religious interests the event is amazing. Outside of the Church are what is called The Stations of The Cross which is a pleasant walk to Santa Ana for the final station. My top Church in Antigua.
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