Church of San Francisco el Grande

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Church of San Francisco el Grande

The interior of the church of San Francisco el Grande in Antigua Guatemala was constructed in 1579. Surrounded by a wall with battlements. Its west façade is known for its remarkable padded spiral columns. Once in the courtyard, visitors can admire the temple’s main façade with its 12 niches.

In the interior, which is accessed through a side door, beautiful baroque altarpieces are conserved- all gold plated, in the same manner as the chapel which preserves the body of the saint Santo Hermano Pedro de San José de Betancur, who has the devotion of many Catholics in Guatemala and Central America.

Inside the church is the museum of Santo Hermano Pedro where relics, clothes and objects used by the saint are exhibited.

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