Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango

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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. For Santo Tomas Church and beyond, use our Chichicastenango sightseeing planning tool to get the most from your Chichicastenango vacation.
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  • The "show" is also well within the Church with a faith and an impressive fervor outside where syncretistic rituals take place in profusion of incense. The flower market on the markets, the Cofradías who parade, costumes for women: it's a flood of colors and images a great moment
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  • Church, in the Church of the typical Guatemalan faith celebrates Interresante. To look at the Church is nothing special, dark smells of incense and all sorts of burnt
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  • If you are looking for a place full of colorful, emitting scents of all kinds and looking for a fantastic photo, you can not miss it. The Church inside is also a pilgrimage centre where you can find people praying at different levels, with offerings and candles, decorated with a multitude of statues to qual more impressive, not for its artistic value but because each one of them and set do not leave indifferent.
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  • Visited and lived in this town for a mission trip. Fascinating culture, food and people of the mountains. Highly recommended - worth the extra travel time.
  • visited in 2010. chichicastenango market is an interesting place to see.
  • An interesting and historical church in the heart of the town and middle of the market, where Mayan and Christian cultures and traditions mix.
  • An amazing feeling, magical place, flowers, scrap, Indian !!!
  • Amazing church

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