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Cid's Guatemala Summer 2011 - 2 months of Spanish and Travel in Guatemala and Honduras
Mas Catedral de Santiago


Catedral de Santiago is on the eastern side of Parque Central. It went up and came down with earthquakes many times. Up 1545, down 1583, up 1670 taking 11 years to build, this structure was huge! 18 chapels, a huge dome, 5 naves, and a central chamber measuring 90 meters by 20 meters, covered in artwork by renowned European and colonial artists; its altar was inlaid with silver, ivory and mother-of pearl. It held up for the 1689 and 1717 terremotos but crashed in 1773. In the crypt below the chapel is the Sculpted black Christ similar to the highly revered statue found in Esquipulas, along with some famous dead dudes. These ruins brought to mind the book I read last year, Pillars of the Earth by .

I am surprised by the detail remaining after 200 years!

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7 year/s ago
Haunting photos of those vault-less arches. The flower in the desolation was very nice.


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