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  • Address: 8a Calle Oriente and Calle do los Pasos City Center
  • Hours: Daily, 8am - 6pm

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Cathedral of San Francisco (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Originally constructed in the 1500s, Iglesia de San Francisco, today, has mostly been reconstructed, thanks to age and earthquake damage. However, that's not the draw to this attraction. Both locals and visitors come to this old, baroque church to visit the shrine of Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur (Santo Hermano Pedro de San Jose de Betancurt). A Franciscan monk, he founded a hospital for the poor in town and is the country's most honored Christian leader.

Beatified in 1980 and made a saint in 2002 when Pope John Paul II visited Guatemala, Peter of Saint Joseph's tomb is visited by thousands each year asking for favors and miracles.

However, make no mistake, this church - which is one of the oldest in town - is still a work of beauty. It features 16 vaulted niches, a bell and clock tower from the 17th and 19th centuries and work from famed artists. Throughout history, the church has also been home to places such as a hospital and printing press.

Practical Info

If planning a visit to the church, consider swinging to the south side of the property and exploring the Museo del Hermano Pedro and the ruins of the monastery. Here, visitors will find some of the saint's personal items and artifacts from the church.

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8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Guatemala’s fascinating history and beautiful scenery on this 8-day tour. See some of Guatemala’s best-known destinations as you take a ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,289.99

Antigua City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the history and beauty of one of the oldest cities in the Americas on this day tour of Antigua! Visit the Museo del Jade (Jade Museum), La Merced ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99

Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the history and beauty of one of the Americas’ oldest cities on this sightseeing day tour from Guatemala City to Antigua! On this 8-hour tour, visit ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.99

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

Experience Guatemala’s mixture of Spanish and Mayan influences on this full-day tour of Iximché and Antigua. Learn about Mayan history from your ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

See Guatemala’s mixture of Mayan and Spanish influences on this 8-hour tour from Guatemala City to the Iximché ruins and the city of Antigua. Learn about ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

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