Cathedral de Santiago, Antigua

#5 of 14 in Historic Sites in Antigua
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Observe the ruins of Cathedral de Santiago, a landmark in the World Heritage-listed capital. Built in 1541, the cathedral sustained damage in the massive 1773 earthquake, after which it was only partially reconstructed. Today, the front of the building remains, as does a small church, while the rest is in ruins. Roam the massive pillars under the open sky, see the fragments of arches and frescoed church walls, and try to imagine the grandiose original building. Admire the ornate front facade, and take haunting photographs of the mighty remains. Use our Antigua attractions planner to visit Cathedral de Santiago on your trip to Antigua, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Lovely cathedral in center, nice when it's lit up at night as well, didn't enter it but looked from outside  more »
  • Its construction started around 1541 and 1545. Along the centuries, it has been built and rebuilt many times, due to the major earthquakes that have struck the country. In 1680, the church was...  more »
  • One of the ruins worth to visit. Not expansive.
  • The ruins show how big and imposing this place was. It is a mandatory stop for all visitors to La Antigua Guatemala.
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