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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  • You can definitely say that this church and the deep faith of the locals or indigenous people is impressive. We have visited this church on all Saints Day and may experience the entire Festival including Fireworks, dances, etc. A unique experience - a world, so not familiar with us...
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  • It is a Catholic Church are performed where different ritual Maya producing the so-called religious syncretism. There are many flower vendors in his steps and shown as almost permanently are shamans with their incienzos. On the inside there are many candles which has made religious images are almost black smoke makes than this as well of as also the fact that there are also faithful that even pull spirits to the same images in the rituals that rea lizan. It is worth noting that in this church was discovered the Popol Vuh, the Mayan Bible.
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  • The Church is a mass market of people sitting on the stairs selling flowers or candles to ignite this place looks very authentic and you can't miss it when reaching the market.
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  • The Iglesias de Santo Tomas is simply magnificent. Said to have been built on the remains of a Cakchiquel Maya temple. A visit here on a Sunday brings the technicolour spectacle of the market directly in front of the church, whilst inside is a blend of Roman Catholic mass and ancient Maya tradition. Copal incense is burned inside and around the church steps. Making the air thick with the sweet scent - not unlike that of Frankincense. A true sensory experience.
  • 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 !!!
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