Antigua Religious Tour (Part 2), Antigua (Self Guided)

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.
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Antigua Religious Tour (Part 2) Map

Guide Name: Antigua Religious Tour (Part 2)
Guide Location: Guatemala » Antigua (See other walking tours in Antigua)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: Nick
Saint Sebastian Church

1) Saint Sebastian Church

Saint Sebastian is one of the oldest churches in the city. The church was built in 1565 in honor of Antigua’s protector Saint Sebastian. It was then elevated to a parish church at the end of 17th century. Despite the restoration work of several religious orders to save the church from destruction, the infrastructure was once again severely hit by earthquake in the 1770's. The famous Jesuit poet and priest Rafael Landívar was baptized in this church.
Santa Teresa Church

2) Santa Teresa Church

Santa Teresa Church was built at the end of the 17th century by one of the most important architects of Colonial era - Jose Porres. The Order of Barefoot Carmelites made the church its home years before the little that was left of this church became an ancient ruin. Despite the subtle remains, the site still attracts a large number of visitors each year.
El Carmen Church

3) El Carmen Church

El Carmen was erected to honor Lady of El Carmen in 1638. The building itself features stucco-decorated, baroque-style columns, that makes the main entrance truly impressive. El Carmen is also visited for its colonial paintings, statues, and luxurious altar.
Church of the Company of Jesus

4) Church of the Company of Jesus

Just like many of Antigua’s temples, the Church of the Company of Jesus was founded after a Jesuit petition was made to build a school here in 1561. The permission was granted and work began, paving the way, about 50 years later, for both a school and temple. In the beginning of 1990's, an International Education Center was also opened at the site. Today’s cultural activities include painting exhibitions, theater, and poetry reading.
Santa Lucia Church

5) Santa Lucia Church

The origins of Santa Lucia Church date back to 1542, the same year as the foundation of Antigua. Santa Lucia was one of the first temples to invite both locals and natives to participate in the church’s liturgy. Also, Santa Lucia’s twin bell tower design is a bit different than the facades of most of the churches in Antigua.
Bethlehem Church

6) Bethlehem Church

The church of the Order of Bethlehem was built in 1666, one year before the most beloved saint of Guatemala (and the founder of this Order), San Pedro died. Once a slaughterhouse, then a hospital, the church has finally transformed into a catholic school titled the "Hostel of Bethlehem." Outside, visitors will discover a statue of Hermano Pedro.
Sacred Cross Hermitage

7) Sacred Cross Hermitage

The history of Sacred Cross dates back to 1664, when Dominican monks proposed to build a new temple in the neighborhood. The Indian and mulattoes, the main residents of the area, were cared by the mission. They were also the ones who helped restore the temple.

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.
The Ruins of Antigua

The Ruins of Antigua

It would appear as if the time machine has finally been invented in a place none other than Antigua. The glorious city of Antigua offers so much history beyond its streets and buildings, fountains and courtyards, that the great ruins of the city are almost impossible to explore in a single day.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1)

Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1)

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 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: 2.2 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: 5.2 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: 2.4 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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Antigua for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Antigua has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Antigua, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.