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“Such intricate details!”

Templo de Santo Domingo
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Owner description: This 16th-century baroque church dominates one of the town's main plazas.
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
“Such intricate details!”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Worth the visit if just for the facade itself... Incredible detail carved into the front face of the church from the mid 1500's. Too bad the park in front is filled with street vendors who have barricaded much of the view and appeal. Still worth a look for sure while in San Cristobal... Hope this review was helpful!!!

Visited May 2014
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Holland, Michigan
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“one of many interesting templos in San Cristobal”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

We visited in the middle of the day when the market stalls in the square outside the temple were bustling with indigenous craftspeople displaying their handiwork ( also a lot of trashy tourist junk and some imitation knock-offs from Guatemala, possibly even China). Once inside the chaos of the market gave way to a peaceful quiet in a beautiful interior. Those who were inside helped maintain a sacred atmosphere. While it may not live up to the western world's picture of a neat and tidy "church", we found the artwork, sculptures, and architecture to be typical of this period and cultural mix of Catholicism and Mayan pagan beliefs.

Visited February 2014
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Riihimaki, Finland
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“Fine baroque style church”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

The location of this fine church is best possible, just by the Zogalo near the town hall. The altar with Jesus Christ in front of it is very impressive. Visit here and have a quiet break!

Visited March 2014
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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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“Interesting exterior, badly maintained interior”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

This church is much easier to get to during the week, when it is not surrounded by so many market stalls. Also, during the week, the market is more authentically Chiapas.

The exterior of the church is the indigenous community interpretation of the baroque style, with numerous serpents and other Mayan symbols hidden in the ostensibly Christian carving.

The interior is heavily ornate, with gold leaf and carving in abundance, but many of the paintings are in a very poor state of repair. The church is owned by the state and used by the 'Church' and repairs and maintenance seem to fall between the two.

The original high altar was sold to rich local families was replaced with a rather mismatched new one.

Visited February 2014
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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“Not just the church but the whole area!!!”
Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

This whole town is worth a visit if you can. The cathedral/church is ok as are many of the churches and buildings but the reason I am reviewing this particular one is because of the markets surrounding this area. You can find hand crafted goods, at a good price and interact with the Mayan locals too.
As far as sustainable tourism goes it doesn't get much better than this. Sample some food, buy some souvenirs and get a feel for what the Zapatistas are trying to support!

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