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Top Choice Religious Site in Zunil

Cofradia San Simón

While you're in Zunil, visit the image of San Simón, the name given here to the much-venerated Mayan deity known elsewhere as Maximón. His effigy, propped up in a chair, is moved each year to a different house durin…
Church in San Andrés Xecul

Iglesia San Andrés Xecul

San Andrés Xecul boasts one of the most exuberantly decorated churches in the country, a fiesta almost in itself. Technicolored saints, angels, flowers and climbing vines fight for space with angels frolicking on th…
Church in San Francisco el Alto

Iglesia San Francisco El Alto

San Francisco El Alto's 18th century church is a somewhat fortress-like affair, with solid arches holding up its domes. It's worth noting for it's collection of fine icons and gilded altar as well as the remains of …
Church in Salcajá

Iglesia de San Jacinto

Dating from 1524, the Iglesia de San Jacinto, was the first church built in Central America. It is also known as the Ermita Conquistadora De La Inmaculada Concepción, a reference to Pedro de Alvarado, the devout Cat…
Religious Site in San Andrés Xecul

El Calvario

This yellow church is uphill from the main plaza, at the top of the hill. It was built on the site of an old Maya temple – Maya ceremonies, with plenty of burnt offerings, are still held at the triple-cross altar al…
Church in Zunil

Iglesia Zunil

Zunil boasts a particularly striking old church. Its ornate yellow facade, with eight pairs of serpentine columns, is echoed inside by a richly carved gilt altar, with saints garbed in silver-embroidered robes.
Statue in Salcajá

Monument to the Emigrant

This enormous statue dominates the entrance to Salcajá. It depicts a striding figure with a backpack facing north, symbolising the many sons and daughter of Salcajá who migrated north to the USA since the 1980s, and…