Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango

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Religious Site
Built around 1545 on top of a pre-Columbian temple, Santo Tomas Church exudes a mystical and spiritual vibe. Climb up the massive Mayan stairs to discover the power of ancient tradition, enduring hand in hand here with modern Christianity. Enter the dim interior and see old pictures of saints covered with black soot, the result of centuries of incense and candle burning. Observe Mayan rituals and prayers and learn about some of the oldest religious traditions in the world--all this in the middle of a vibrant, bustling market. A visit to Santo Tomas Church represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Chichicastenango trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • What a treat to follow a mass in this church where the Mayan culture is blended with Catholicism. I totally recommend sitting on the steps while the market is prepared to immerse yourself in a magical atmosphere ...
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  • Beautiful church of simplicity but the recollection is very strong. Very simple decoration. Can not take indoor pictures
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  • Quaint church with a mixture of ancient mayan and cattholic cultures. Pay close attention to the temple as you can see this mixture also at the entrance there is a Mayan native burning opal to please ...  more »
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  • An interesting and historical church in the heart of the town and middle of the market, where Mayan and Christian cultures and traditions mix.
  • Magical place
  • Very authentic place where Mayan traditions meet Christian ceremonies
  • Mass spoken in Spanish and K'iche.
  • A place that no one should stop visiting, this is the true living culture, share with the Quiches (Maya in the region) the goes and comes from its market even with bartering and living presence of the dancers around one church, people, culture, gastronomy, colour, life... that is GUATEMALA
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