Like most Guatemalan cities, Quetzaltenango (Xela) is centered around a large glorious Catholic church. Espiritu Santo Cathedral was founded in 1535 after the Spanish conquered the city of Xela and has remained the heart and blood of the city ever since. It is located in the parque centroamerica and can be seen well above the city from numerous vantage points.
Although Guatemala is predominantly Catholic, many other religions have established themselves throughout the country thanks to missionaries. You can find loads of evangelist churches and even Mennonite communities as well as Mormons. In fact, you can find any religious establishment except Jewish or Muslim. For some reason, I found this surprising.
Most churches in Guatemala are either dove white or brilliant yellow-gold. The architecture was sensational of course and the churches instantly became a focus of my attention for numerous pictures. Here are some of my favorites.
Here is Xela’s centerpiece, Espiritu Santo.
A closer view of the church’s immaculate detail and construction.
Those loud bells summoning everyone to go to church!
The church at night was stunning. It is too bad I wasn’t knowledgable enough to take a good night shot! But I adored looking at the church from my perch at the Balcon del Enrique where I had my nightly wine.
I can’t remember the name of this beautiful yellow church but I loved the bright colors and its style is very typical of a Guatemalan chuch.
Another pretty yellow church.
The gorgeous white church of the nearby town of Zunil.