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San Juan Del Obispo

If you're headed to San Juan del Obispo (Alt. 700 meters, 2,296 ft), just about the only thing to see in this otherwise ordinary Guatemalan town is the Palacio del Obispo, one of the first Catholic churches in Guatemala. The Palacio was once the home of 16th century bishop Francisco Marroquín, and has since then been refurbished in 1939 after centuries of seismic displacements. Bethanite nuns still preserve the grounds, which are walled off to the rest of town. Behind the adjacent church you will find a door with a bell, which is in fact the (non-descript) entrance to the Palacio. To take a guided tour, which is only offered in Spanish, ring the bell and a nun will greet you. The complex is beautiful; from the intricately decorated chapel to the European paintings and original 16th century furniture, you will be brought back in time to colonial Guatemala. Once you're finished with the tour, step outside and take in the gorgeous views of Antigua. The grounds are open throughout the day with unofficial hours, so just ring the bell and a nun will probably answer. There are extremely meager eating and sleeping options in town, so most visitors choose to just visit just for the day.

Getting To and Away From San Juan del Obispo

The only form of regional public transportation that will get you to San Juan del Obispo is a bus from the main bus terminal in Antigua (west of El Mercado). The ride takes anywhere from 15 – 20 minutes, and you can easily catch the bus back to Antigua wherever it lets you off. Taxis are also available, but more expensive.If you're looking for exertion, it takes an hour to walk north to San Juan del Obispo from Antigua.


Other places nearby San Juan Del Obispo: San Filipe De Jesus, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, San Lorenzo El Tejar, El Hato, Pastores, Antigua and Santa Maria De Jesus.

By Eli Mangold
22 Jul 2010

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