A Church in Gratitude

Maybe one of the most photographed church in Guatemala City, you can tell why.  The construction began in 1927 and ended in 1941 through Felipe Yurrita native of Castilla, Spain, in gratitude to the virgin Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, for saving his life during the volcanic eruption Santa Maria in 1902 in the mountains of western Guatemala.

There are many elements and influences that are part of European constructions, due to the personal taste of Yurrita;  Romanesque and Byzantine elements, Antonio Gaudi’s Art Nouveau and Moorish architecture, that seems enough to go and take a look, don’t you think?

Nuestra Señora de las Angustias or Yurrita church located in zona 9 with twenty-five meters high stands out in an environment dominated by a thriving city that requires office workers. The contrast is delightful.

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  • Petrea

    That’s a gorgeous show, Hugo.  Wow, wow, wow!

    • Thanks a lot, Petrea.  I hope to show all of you the interior in a couple of weeks, the church is open a very short period of time on the weekends.

  • Luis

    The Yurrita church is the only private catholic church in Guatemala. My wife and I were married there 35 years ago.

    • Luis, what do you mean private, aren’t all churches private by nature?