San Francisco el Grande is a church in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala and one of the most frequented sanctuaries by the local population because of the shrine of Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur (Santo Hermano Pedro).
When Franciscan missionaries arrived in Guatemala from Spain in 1530 they were assigned 120 villages by the civil authorities. They were the first to move to the Panchoy Valley in 1541 where they built a church at the site of today's School of Christ (Escuela de Cristo). This chapel was severely damaged in 1565 and during the next ten years donations were collected to build a new sanctuary located two blocks away in 1579. Parts of this construction, maybe the only ones in Antigua which date back to the 16th century, can be appreciated at one side of today's sanctuary. San Francisco el Grande became a significant religious and cultural center for the whole region. Theology, law, philosophy, physics and mathematics were taught at San Buenaventury College, located in today's monastery ruins. The college also favoured painters of the colonial era such as Cristóbal de Villalpando, Thomas de Merlo and Alonzo de la Paz.
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Nicholas Wong | Jan 25, 2017
Great place to explore and walk the grounds of an old church and ruins. There is a small entrance fee, but it is not too expensive and well worth the price.
Rich Polanco | Jul 23, 2016
Absolutely worth visiting. Pilgrimage for locals, as the tomb of Hno Pedro is located here. Restored last century. When in ruins, served as a backdrop to a Tarzan movie produced by Hollywood.
Lake Atitlan Guatemala | Oct 27, 2016
If I were to suggest a Church to visit in Antigua this is a must see on your Bucket List. Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur (Santo Hermano Pedro) is how the church was named. for the Saint. The church is Massive on some damage from Earth Quakes and time. Ass Wednesday is a must visit time in the Church, no matter your religious interests the event is amazing. Outside of the Church are what is called The Stations of The Cross which is a pleasant walk to Santa Ana for the final station. My top Church in Antigua.
Alvydas V. | Jan 5, 2017
Excellent church complex, near the museum and the ruins after which you can walk.
Beatriz Miranda Arcos | Apr 1, 2017
the´re not bad places in guatemala
Jeff Rojas | May 19, 2018
Historic place. A lot of stories about the Brother Peter (hermano Pedro).
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