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Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Admire the art and architecture of the old Catholic church in Panajachel that is dedicated to the town’s patron saint.

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a survivor. The 16th-century Catholic building has made it through the centuries despite several earthquakes that have rocked the area. Although patched up and reconstructed on numerous occasions, parts of the original structure remain to this day. Devote at least an hour to surveying the thick stone façade and the works of art that decorate the interior.

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built by the religious order of Franciscans during the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. The ecclesiastical center was used by them to convert the indigenous population to the Catholic faith.

Survey the striking exterior that is topped by a metal cross. Below it is the belfry with two bells and carvings of religious figures. Once inside, your eyes are drawn to the retable, the work of art behind and above the main altar. See the statue of St. Francis at its center. The revered Italian monk was the founder of the Franciscan Order and is the patron saint of Panajachel. 

Tour the rest of the church to study its paintings, colorful statues, wood carvings and crucifixes. From one of the old wooden pews with carved arms, look up at the metal chandeliers and the small cross pendants that hang from them.

Come to Panajachel in the first week of October and you are in for a treat. The church is one of the focal points of several days’ worth of celebrations to honor St. Francis. There is fireworks, music, market stalls, fairground rides and dancing in the streets. Watch numerous processions where statues of St. Francis and other saints are paraded through the town atop brightly colored floats.

The Church of St. of Francis is located on Calle Principal, near the Mercado Muncipal, Panajachel's main market. The town can be reached by buses and tourist shuttles from Guatemala City and the cities of Xela and Antigua. Alternatively, take one of the boat taxis that run between the towns on Lake Atitlán.


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Hospedaje El Viajero

Final de la Avenida Santander, Panajachel, Solola
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Panajachel, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago $72
    Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago

    Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago

    Calle Monterrey, Panajachel, Solola
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Hotel Atitlán $124
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      Hotel Atitlán

      Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel, Solola
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on a lake, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Porta Hotel del Lago $107
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        Porta Hotel del Lago

        2a Avenida 06-17 Zona 2, Panajachel, Solola
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of La Galeria, Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, and Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center. Panajachel Municipal Market and Church of Saint Francis are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hotel Victoria $27
          Hotel Victoria

          Hotel Victoria

          Calle El Amate, Zona 1, Callejon Hotel Victoria, Panajachel, Solola
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Panajachel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Saint Francis, Panajachel Municipal Market, and La Galeria. Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center and Azul Maya Archaeological Museum are also within 15 minutes.

            Selina Atitlan $30
            Selina Atitlan

            Selina Atitlan

            Calle del Embarcadero Zona 2, Panajachel, Solola
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Panajachel, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Mayan Palace Hotel $35
              Mayan Palace Hotel

              Mayan Palace Hotel

              Via principal 0 96, Zona 2, Panajachel
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Panajachel, this hotel is steps from Panajachel Municipal Market and Church of Saint Francis. La Galeria and Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center are also within 15 minutes.

                Casa Maya-atitlán - In the Heart of Panajachel in Lake Atitlan- $47
                Casa Maya-atitlán - In the Heart of Panajachel in Lake Atitlan-

                Casa Maya-atitlán - In the Heart of Panajachel in Lake Atitlan-

                Panajachel, Solola
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on a river, this vacation home is steps from Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market. La Galeria and Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center are also within 15 minutes.