Wednesday, July 17, 2013

San Francisco Church Y Vendedoras

This is my home away from home Catholic Church while in Antigua, Guatemala for six weeks of Spanish language immersion.

San Francisco Church is a Franciscan Order parish in the heart of town. It's one of the more popular sites for tourists because Central America's only Saint Hermano Pedro is buried there.

Because of the Franciscan mission to the poor, it's a church well attended by the local Mayan peoples.

The mostly female vendors (vendedoras) sell all sorts of Catholic gifts (rosaries, crucifixes, etc.) as well as beautiful fabric made by the indigenous population in the church square.

It's a tourist-driven economy that feeds many poor families.


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