Cerrito del Carmen
El Santuario de Nuestra Señora del Carmen is the oldest church in the Guatemala City Valley. The Sanctuary was built on top of the Cerrito del Carmen hill after the Genevese penitent Juan Corz brought the religious image of theVirgen del Carmen from Spain and settled for years as a hermit in a cave the outskirts of the City.
After being burnt down and rebuilt around 1620 and have their Virgen del Carmen image stolen in 2001 and miraculously recovered in 2003, the Church will celebrate its 400 years in 2013. Make sure you pay a visit soon!
Photograph and text by: Alejandro Echeverría