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The Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande is one of the most visited ruins in Antigua Guatemala for its shrine of Santo Hermano Pedro. It was originally built in the 16th century, but has been damaged over several earthquakes and renovated thereafter. See the relics of Santo Hermano Pedro and learn about the Franciscans on a tour of the church.

The façade with twisted salomonic columns has 16 vaulted niches, each (except the lowest two) containing a saint or a friar. It is flanked by the bell tower to the north, and meagre remnants of the clock tower to the south. The church has a small museum on Peter of Saint Joseph Betancur, better known as Santo Hermano Pedro, and holds his tomb and relics which include the bell which he rang on the streets at night to pray for the neglected souls in purgatory. In the 16th and 17th centuries, San Francisco el Grande became a major scientific and cultural centre, home to the College of St. Bonaventure, a library (restored today) and art and music rooms. It attracted several scholars as well as painters, sculptors and architects who worked to beautify the complex. Look around to see the altarpieces, frescoes and the Mural of San Francisco.

About Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande

 7a Calle Oriente, Antigua, Guatemala

 +502 7882-4439


Iglesia de San Francisco el Grande and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo(0.5 km)
Casa Santo Domingo on the grounds of the Santo Domingo Monastery was once home to the order of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, but today is a hotel with museums and a chapel.

Arco de Santa Catalina

Arco de Santa Catalina(1 km)
The iconic Santa Catalina Arch is one of Antigua Guatemala’s best known landmarks, and provides a striking orange-yellow setting on 5th Avenue North for the smoking Volcan de Agua in the background.

Parque Central

Parque Central(0.5 km)
Parque Central is the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Antigua Guatemala, the central square with historical buildings, shops and restaurants where locals and tourists descend for fun and entertainment.

Antigua Guatemala Cathedral

Antigua Guatemala Cathedral(0.5 km)
The Saint Joseph Cathedral, better known as the Antigua Guatemala Cathedral, is a 16th century church that was one of the largest in Central America during its heyday.

ChocoMuseo Antigua

ChocoMuseo Antigua(0.4 km)
Learn about the history of cacao and chocolate, and how chocolate is made from the beans at the ChocoMuseo.

Iglesia de La Merced

Iglesia de La Merced(1 km)
The current building of La Merced Church dates back to the 18th century, and is one of the few churches that have survived the earthquakes that have devastated the city since.

Cerro de la Cruz

Cerro de la Cruz(1.2 km)
The Hill of the Cross is at the north end of the city, and offers great views over the city.

Colegio de San Jeronimo

Colegio de San Jeronimo(1.2 km)
The Colegio de San Jeronimo was a secondary school staffed by the Friars of La Merced from 1757 to 1761, and subsequently became the Royal Customs and then Spanish militia barracks.

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