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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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  • Make sure you see the photos of this church after the 1976 earthquake. These will enhance your appreciation of this magnificent church.  more »
  • A really nice church in Antigua. It is well over 300 years old an has been lovingly maintained despite damage from many earthquakes over the years. You can see numerous patch jobs and restoration afte...  more »
  • You must visit the church where the tomb of the brother Pedro is. An atmosphere of peace and tranquility is felt to be near the recliner where you pray in privacy. The garden pays tribute to such a go...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excellent church complex, near the museum and the ruins after which you can walk.
  • 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.
  • the´re not bad places in guatemala