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Church of San Francisco, Antigua

Categories: Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
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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  • It is a very impressive church, what's left of it since the earthquake of 1773, restored recently. The side is in ruins and they charge entry, is worth entering and appreciate architectural details remaining. Becomes full because many natives come by a miracle and healing. There is a flea market of candles and souvenirs outside in the parking lot. I went to church and I was taking pictures as mediomundo was doing but they came to me to ask the Chamber to delete photos? And which was forbidden to take pictures, and the thousand and more tourists in taking nobody told them anything... and there is sign that he says it is forbidden... On the side is the tomb of brother Peter.
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  • It is a nice visit, there are plazita from local merchants in the atrium of the Church, and the surrounding area is very picturesque. This for make a walk to them surroundings and in an afternoon can visit more than five attractions nearby, to my me play be in a sunset what made more beautiful it view of the facade of the Church, by inside is also pleasant and very typical,
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  • The cathedral is free to visit, and its awesome, just make sure to visit the little museum at the side of it, its just Q. 7 so it's really cheap and there are really interesting pieces inside. 
  • 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.
  • very much worth a visit if you in Antigua
  • Awesome place!
  • In the Church of San Francisco, is located the grave of the Holy brother Pedro of San José of Betancourt. Deputy is located a museum where is can know more about the life of the Holy. The temple Catholic of San Francisco, is in full operation, is can attend to the Holy Mass all them days, in schedules regular. It has ample parking.
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