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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  • The Church built 1702, tradition, history, love to God. When I am in Antigua, I do visit St. Francis 
    The Church built 1702, tradition, history, love to God. When I am in Antigua, I do visit St. Francis  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • 35q/$5 to enter for foreigners. Go on a weekday if you want decent photos. I recommend about 45 min here. Great if you have time to wander, it's not a must see. Most signs and info cards are in Spanish. I'd suggest if they're going to up charge foreigners, at least have more signs in English. No student discounts. Watch for tourist traps at the entrance. Follow the signs for ruin entrance. Main entrance is on the opposite end of where Google takes you. Yes there's parking for 5qs for 90 min. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
  • If you only visit one church / convent / monastery in Antigua, visit this one: with a guide. You will not regret it. It has it all: ancient stories, more recent ones. Ruins, restoration, secret rooms, museum and even it's own market with Guatemalan sweets and specialties. It's literally it's own world...

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