Posts Tagged ‘church’

Cerrito del Carmen

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

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

Ciudad Vieja Church

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Ciudad Vieja Church or Inmaculada Concepción Church was built right after the  Old Guatemala City moved to Ermita Village in 1777 and it was inaugurated on April 5, 1792!! After reading Ken Follet’s book “The Pillars of the Earth” I have to say it takes my attention to discover how interesting architecture symbols can be merged with faith. For example how archs can be seen as tunnels that lead to the light of faith.

Although this church might not be seen as astonishing as an European Cathedral it has survived earthquakes and it has its history. The park  right in front of the church is a place where people can rest from a stresful day of work and get some fresh air.

I also found interesting to see a fruit cart, a cultural fact: People get hungry after mass.

How are the churchs architecture in your town?

A Church in Gratitude

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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.

Parroquia Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

This beautiful church is located at 6th Avenue and 18th Street zona 1.   I hope to show the interior and even the surroundings in future publications

Deo optimo maximo

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Many people walk by this church all the time and maybe they don’t know that one of the messages that are part of it refers to Roman mythology. The phrase “Deo Optimo Maximo” means “to the greatest and best god” referring to the god Jupiter who had the same role as Zeus in Greek mythology.

Why is this message on the church? Basically, when the Roman Empire adopted Christianity the phrase changed to “To God, most good, most great”, even after the fall of the Empire the use of Latin lasted for long time so this phrase appears in other Renaissance churches.


Probablemente mucha gente camina por esta iglesia sin saber que uno de los mensajes que se encuentran en ella hace referencia a la Mitología Romana. La frase “Deo Optimo Maximo” significaba: Para el más grande y mejor dios, haciendo referencia a Júpiter que ocupaba el mismo papel de Zeus en la mitología griega.

¿Por qué está el mensaje en una iglesia? Básicamente por la adopción del cristianismo por parte del Imperio Romano, aún despúes de la caída del mismo, el uso del latín se prolongó por mucho tiempo, de modo que la frase se puede encontrar también en muchas otras iglesias renacentistas.