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Santo Tomas Church

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Address: Plaza Mayor, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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+502 5659 3992
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Mayans enter through the front door, but others are relegated to the side...

Mayans enter through the front door, but others are relegated to the side door of this unusual 1540 church which combines Catholic and Mayan spiritual practices.

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What an insight into local culture!

We happened to be there on a special day of celebration, so there was a lot going on inside and outside the church, which a guide explained to us. Seeing the local people in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We happened to be there on a special day of celebration, so there was a lot going on inside and outside the church, which a guide explained to us. Seeing the local people in procession carrying images of saints that were so heavy that some men were staggering under the weight, was quite unexpected. The smoke from candles and burning... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church seems to appear out of no-where in the middle of the market complex. It is beautiful on the outside, and the stairs are covered with flowers, traditional peoples, and incense. It is a very sacred place, and our guide informed us NOT TO TAKE PHOTOS OUTSIDE, WALK ON THE STAIRS OR TAKE THE FRONT ENTRANCE which we were... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing particularly special, at least to me, about the structure. But poke your head it to see people combining Mayan with Catholic ritual.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

The church is like no other I've seen except for the creepy St Juan Chamina. It has cloth drapes from ceiling, is dark with lots of idols of saints, floor covered in pine leaves, has a notable lack of figures of Christ and sacraments and hosts Mayans and shamans performing very unusual ceremonies with candles, incense and chickens. The local... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This church is a bit different to others, inside was plain and photos not permitted. It is a church that accepts both the local belief and the Catholic beliefs a kind of combination going on which is always good to see. The steps have flower sellers on them as the flowers are given by the worshippers.

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Thank Lyndama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Once inside, I almost choked to death on all the smoke from burning candles and smoke censers.....Catholics and pagans worship separate dieties in the same sanctuary, at the same time.

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This church is located at one of the twice a week Chichicastenango market. It is unique in that it is a Catholic church built on top of a sacred Mayan site. Inside the church you will see a combination of Mayan and Catholic traditions. Outside there is always a sacred Mayan fire smoldering and the smell of insence fills the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Small church. Not much going on and we took all of 2 minutes literally to see the inside and courtyard and take a few pics out front. If you see the Chichi market you will see this church no matter what.

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Roztoky, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Travelling Guatemala there is a "must" stop in small Indian willage Chichicastenango and if you are lucky you will go there when local market is open watched over by snow white Santo Tomas church!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Visiting here early on a Sunday (before the shuttles arrive) will give you the best perspective to see local culture and life including the padres performing mass and vendors hawking their wares.

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