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Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango

(4.3/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 建築雖是天主教教堂,但卻有著當地住民在內用跪拜的儀式向前行進。蠟燭、薰香、焚香繚繞,是很不同以往的教堂經驗。門前的鮮花和香燭販售是另外一道風景!來逛市集時有經過,進去走走吧! 
  • Un espacio que revela y demuestra todo el más amplio sincretismo de la religiosidad en su máxima expresión. Hay que estar aquí para comprender como los habitantes mayas locales realizan sus ceremonias...  more »
  • a mixture of Christian and Mayan belief, Church and inside markets runs from sessions of chamanismes, a lot of merchants goshawks of the Church
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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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