Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1) (Self Guided), Antigua

Antigua is Guatemala’s most spectacular city thanks to its beautiful architecture and religious artifacts. Unfortunately, several of the prized buildings were partly damaged by the 18th century earthquakes, but have since been rebuilt and undergone restorations. Visit the fairy tale city of Antigua to enjoy beautiful churches, cathedrals, as well as monasteries.
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Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1) Map

Guide Name: Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1)
Guide Location: Guatemala » Antigua (See other walking tours in Antigua)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: Nick
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Saint Augustine Church

1) Saint Augustine Church

The Saint Augustine Church is a wonderful architectural and religious piece of Antigua’s history. The church is located a few blocks west of the central park in the heart of the city. The front of the church decorates the image of San Agustín, which blends nicely with the magnificent architectonic design. The painting of the church was done by Antonio Ramírez de Montúfar in the colonial era.
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Saint Joseph el Veijo

2) Saint Joseph el Veijo

Saint Jose el Veijo was built in 1740 and serves as an excellent example of baroque architecture. The church glorifies the image of San Jose and presents a famous sculpture of the saint by Alonzo de la Paz. The church was nearly demolished when the San Jose sculpture was temporarily transferred to San Lucia, but was preserved and thankfully exists to this day.
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San Francisco Cathedral

3) San Francisco Cathedral (must see)

San Francsico el Grande is a church in Antigua and one of the most frequented sanctuaries by the local population because of the shrine of Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur.

This chapel was severely damaged in 1565 and during the next ten years donations were collected to build a new sanctuary located two blocks away in 1579. The chapel and cloister were expanded during the 17th century. In 1684 the structure was reinforced and withstood the earthquake of 1691.

The church itself was built by Diego de Porres and inaugurated in 1702. Its facade, with twisted salomonic columns, is typical of the Spanish-American baroque and is similar to that of San José Cathedral. It has sixteen vaulted niches, each but the lowest two containing a saint or a friar. These include the Virgin Mary, San Diego de Alcalá, San Antonio de Padua, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Clara, Santiago, and Santa Isabel from Hungary. At the entrance of the monastery there are some murals, in which there can be seen the images of some Franciscans friars with a skeleton. Its bell and clock towers from the 17th and 19th centuries remain in ruins.

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Santa Clara Church

4) Santa Clara Church

Saint Clara Church was founded in 1699 by the nuns of the Saint Claire Order. Throughout time, more and more buildings as well as courtyards were added to the premise. Due to the effort of complex management, the huge monastery a terrific attraction due to its impressive ruins, well-preserved courtyard walks, and religious statues.
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San Hermano Pedro Cathedral

5) San Hermano Pedro Cathedral

The church is named in the memory of the most beloved of sons in Guatemala - Hermano Pedro. The building first opened its doors as a hospital in 1663, but eventually transformed into a church. Today, the temple is being used as a social work center and continues to host religious services for the catholic population.
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Cathedral of Saint Joseph

6) Cathedral of Saint Joseph (must see)

Saint Joseph Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Antigua. The original church was built around 1541, but suffered several earthquakes throughout its history, and the first church building was demolished in 1669. The cathedral was rebuilt and consecrated in 1680. By 1743 the cathedral was one of the largest in Central America. However, the devastating 1773 Guatemala earthquake seriously damaged much of the building, though the two towers at the front remained largely intact. These have undergone restoration work, and the cathedral has been partly rebuilt.

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Capuchins Monastery

7) Capuchins Monastery (must see)

The Temple of Our Lady of the Pilar of Zaragoza, popularly known as Capuchins, was built in 1725. Nuns of the Roman Catholic order, famous for their brown garments, lived here in severe conditions that demonstrated sacrifice for their religious beliefs. Today, the monastery’s well preserved cells, gardens, and courtyards are open for public viewing.
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La Merced Church

8) La Merced Church (must see)

La Merced Church is a church in Antigua. The Mercedarians were the first to establish a male monastery at the former Santiago de Guatemala.

In 1749 Juan de Dios Estrada was commissioned with the construction of the luxurious sanctuary and cloister. He erected a building of low height designed to withstand earthquakes based on the experiences of the tremor of 1751. Arches and columns are wider to cope with the quakes. It was opened in 1767. The cross in stone at the atrium and the rooms behind the main altar are the oldest structures in La Merced and date from the seventeenth century. The facade in barroque style is flanked by two bell towers of low height. On top looms the effigy of San Pedro Nolasco who foundend the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy in the thirteenth century. He is flanked by two Mercedaries and the crest of the order. The effigy of Our Lady of Mercedes is situated in the central niche of the facade. The effigy of Jesus Christ holding the cross was carved in 1650 by Alonzo de la Paz y Toledo.

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Walking Tours in Antigua, Guatemala

Create Your Own Walk in Antigua

Create Your Own Walk in Antigua

Creating your own self-guided walk in Antigua is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Antigua Religious Tour (Part 2)

Antigua Religious Tour (Part 2)

The Colonial era left a gigantic architectural mark in the Guatemala city of Antigua. Inside the city of Antigua, tourists will cherish the plethora of beautiful churches and monasteries. Relive Guatemala's glorious colonial days and learn how the word of God was spread in those times.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Parque Central in Antigua

Parque Central in Antigua

Parque Central is the most prominent landmark in Antigua. What makes the park so popular is the opportunity to visit a wide number of other famous buildings inside the lush lawns. Take a day or two to visit this special piece of Antigua's history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala, the city of Antigua is a small yet very picturesque example of Spanish colonial architecture, full of historic and religious sights of that period. Among the city's most notable landmarks is the Baroque-style La Merced church which, once a year, becomes center of the famous local Semana Santa, a holy week festival. Follow this orientation walk to...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 km
Antigua Museums

Antigua Museums

Do not pass up the opportunity to discover Antigua's most interesting museums. Here you will admire wide collections of scientific, artistic, and local historical value. Enjoy the rich heritage of Antigua today.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Shopping in Antigua

Shopping in Antigua

Shopping is arguably Antigua’s most popular activity. Tourists find themselves here, in Antigua, spoiled for choice with a terrific collection of souvenirs, textiles, hand-made articles, cigars, and local Jade jewelry. Regardless of your needs, Antigua has something for everyone.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Antigua Nightlife

Antigua Nightlife

Antigua features a variety of attractive clubs, fabulous discos, and cozy bars, making it the self-designated "capital of Guatemala's nightlife." The city's nightlife starts at 10 PM and offers a terrific selection of venues to enjoy a nightlife adventure.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km