Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso


You don't have to be an expert on religious art to be impressed by this collection of paintings, statues, altar pieces, silverware and liturgical vessels, most of which date from the 17th to 19th centuries. There's also a vault of valuable relics that is only opened during Semana Santa.

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