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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  • A good example that the Catholic Church has not established itself completely. There is a mixture of cults. Mayan ceremonies are celebrated on the square and in the Church. This is a moment that discreetly to attend these ceremonies.
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  • This church that mixes Christianity and shamanism is absolutely to see. "alas" we cannot take a picture but it is a place full of magic. We were there during the preparations for the feasts of all saints and rituals are impressive
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  • Impressive market, both the area of vegetables as them meat. Outside front the Church flowers and around everything, everything, everything that you can imagine (solutions medical, for vehicles, clothes, fast food...)
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !!!

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