Iglesia Santuario de Guadalupe
Calle del Hermano Pedro
The intricate carvings beautifying the façade of this church facing its tranquil plaza (known as Plaza de la Paz
, or Peace Plaza) are comparable to those covering La Merced
, but devoid of the frequent re-painting that keeps the latter so fresh and so clean. Come to the 19th-century Santuario de Guadalupe to witness the effects of time on this historical decoration. To the left is Iglesia Belén, now a school, begun in 1666 and intended for a multipurpose existence as a church, convent, lodge, hostel, and even hospital. Abandoned along with most of Antigua after its devastating 18th-century earthquake, a sawmill was installed in 1934, which has since been removed. The beloved Hermano Pedro, a Guatemalan sainted for a life of work for the poor, was the original impetus for constructing the Belén church.