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

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

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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
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
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
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 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
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