Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango

4.4
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Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • This church is located in the market and offers a fascinating mix of the Maya and Catholic traditions. A tour takes maybe10 minutes and is well worth it. Like most places in Guatemala, the guides were...  more »
  • Amazing church this one. It's located right in the heart of the crazy Chichicastenago market which has taken over the whole plaza in front of the church It's a beautifulnold colonial building but what...  more »
  • Beautiful church. In front is the market, which has taken over what would be a gorgeous plaza. 6 more characters needed to get to 100.  more »
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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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