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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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  • One detour worth churches of Antigua the so but not less beautiful and sure!
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  • The first Franciscans appeared in Antigua still in the year 1530. And it was the Franciscan monastic order was most influential. So it is not surprising that the Church of St. Francis is the largest and richly decorated. It is not simply the Church of St. Francis, and the great Church of St. Francis is on the central square of the city, many shops around and traders must see gifts.
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  • The Church is very beautiful, with imposing facade. There are local sales of vegetables, fruits, candies and other things outside of it. The ruins of the convent of San Francisco along the side, they are well preserved, of great beauty for those who like art, architecture and history. The entry as soon as price is quite comfortable and worthwhile. It offers good views at higher levels of site-wide (very quiet to write, meditate, or enjoy the scenery). Right there (and for the same cost) is also the Museum of Santo Hermano Pedro with belongings of the very interesting (objects of meditation, prayer, clothing and furniture).
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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.
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  • Awesome place!