Baroque-style cathedral with visible ruins of the original temple.

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San José Cathedral

The pride of Antigua Guatemala.

It's no coincidence that Antigua Guatemala, the former capital of the country, was known as "the most beautiful city in the Indies"; part of its excellent reputation stems from the magnificent buildings that line its streets. An example of which is the beautiful San José cathedral. This church was raised during the 16th century and had to be rebuilt after the 1773 earthquakes; however, despite this, its spectacular white facade still proudly extends from street to street alongside the Central Park. It is truly magnificent. Built in a markedly baroque style, it is home to images of great beauty such as el Señor Sepultado de San José or Nuestra Señora del Socorro, a Marian devotion which is very popular in Guatemala. The ruins of the original temple can still be seen and what remains of the original dome can be compared with the current one, which is still intact.

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