Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, Antigua

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Visit the Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, where lies the tomb of Central America’s first canonized saint, Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur. He was known for founding the Hospital of Belen and the miracles he performed; the site brings thousands of pilgrims to this church each year. The church was severely destroyed by earthquakes throughout the 1700s and not rebuilt until the 1960s. Its Spanish-American baroque facade has sixteen vaulted niches and twisted solomonic columns. Various areas, including the bell and clock towers, remain in partial ruin. Admire the main altar and the paintings of saints throughout the church. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande and many more Antigua attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Antigua tour itinerary app.
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  • Spanish baroque architecture. Built some four centuries ago. Severely damaged in an earthquake in the early 1700s. It's still actively a church. Interesting history.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful churches and ruins I have ever visited is San Francisco Church in Antigua. Built in the 16th century, and severely damaged in the 1717 earthquake. It is one of the most...  more »

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