One of many churches destroyed during the earthquake of 1773, San Francisco has been partially rebuilt and is home to the remains of Saint Brother Pedro.
Ruins of the San Francisco Cathedral, Antigua, Guatemala
photo by Christopher Minster
The Franciscan order was very active in Guatemala: it was in charge of more than 100 villages and communities. The villagers would work in exchange for rites and education. This church, for a time their headquarters, was a beautiful building, but it was destroyed in the eighteenth century earthquakes that razed the city. It has been partially rebuilt and reoccupied by the Franciscans. The part that was not rebuilt is behind the present-day church: it is a fascinating place to explore. The church is also home to the remains of Antigua's own Saint Brother Pedro (1626-1667): people still come to ask him for favors.