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Santo Tomas Church

Plaza Mayor, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
+502 5659 3992
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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.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Plaza Mayor, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
+502 5659 3992
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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

You must go see this beautiful Roman Catholic church when you're in the area. The 18 steps are usually full of beautiful flowers & burning incense. The history is so interesting. It was built around 1545 upon a pre columbian temple platform. It was refurbished...More

Thank Teresa L
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

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 excellent, spoke English and did not make you feel...More

Thank Okopie
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

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 makes it so incredible is the blend of Catholic tradition and...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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.

Thank Fontenla13
Reviewed 16 May 2017

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.

Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

A lovely church surrounded by flower sellers on market days. If you want to see an AWESOME church go to San Andres just outside of Xela. (Only 2 hours away from ChiChi by chicken bus)

Thank Olivia N
Reviewed 12 May 2017

As such the church was not spectacular but the the history and the fact that both faiths are mixed is interesting. The maya tables in the middle of the alleyway corresponding to the Maya calendar and the various lights on them were unusual. A shaman...More

Thank AnneMarieFrance58
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We saw just the outside of this but it looked like an interesting church. It was market day and Easter Sunday when we went so there were people crowding the stairs but it was nice to see the church decorated for Easter.

Thank KayleeShepheard
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Quaint church with a mixture of ancient mayan and cattholic cultures. Pay close attention to the temple as you can see this mixture also at the entrance there is a Mayan native burning opal to please the gods

Thank PedroOrso
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I did not like this church because I felt there was a huge lack of respect for it by the people who sat on its stairs, smoking, littering and otherwise loitering. I did not go inside because I did not feel like climbing over 100...More

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