Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango

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#2 of 6 in Things to do in El Quiche Department
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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  • August 10, 2017
    Always energetic and magical ambiance. When Maya belief and spirituality meet the Catholic religion to enter a fascinating world.
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  • July 1, 2017
    This church was especially fascinated by the atmosphere which it releases from the outside, the fumes of incense mixed with the invocations of a Quiche Indian at the top of the steps of the Church remain engraved in my memory; the Interior of the Church reveals beautiful pieces of colonial and allows you to take a break out of the bustle of the splendid market which is next to her.
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  • June 23, 2017
    You must go see this beautiful Roman Catholic church when you're in the area. The 18 steps are usually full of beautiful flowers & burning incense. The history is so interesting. It was built around 1...  more »
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  • February 17, 2017
    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.
  • May 15, 2017
    While walking through Chichicastenango, make sure to visit the Santo Tomás Church built in the mid 1500s where you'll see a mix of both Catholic and Maya traditions under one roof.
  • March 4, 2017
    visited in 2010. chichicastenango market is an interesting place to see.
  • November 2, 2016
    An interesting and historical church in the heart of the town and middle of the market, where Mayan and Christian cultures and traditions mix.
  • January 6, 2017
    An amazing feeling, magical place, flowers, scrap, Indian !!!

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