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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. Make Church of San Francisco part of your personalized Antigua itinerary using our Antigua travel itinerary planner.
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  • The San Francisco Church is a gorgeous church in the south end of Antigua featuring incredibly detailed architecture and it is still used for religious services to this day. For a small fee of Q7, you...  more »
  • Apart from visiting the Church, it has a Museum and ruins to visit. In the Museum, much of the exhibition are plaques and messages of thanks to the Santo Hermano Pedro, something other than what they offer many religious museums. In addition, you can tour the ruins of the former Church and convent.
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  • The Antigua ruins that are attached to a functioning church are the cheapest to visit. Those that are just ruins are sometimes 3x the price. San Francisco is the cheapest option of all at only Q7 to s...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice place especially around sunset you can get nice pics.
  • Beautiful
  • Awesome place!