San Juan del Obispo

Foundation: first half of the XVI century it was founded as San Juan Bautista de Guatemala.

Church: Private or bishop’s chapel, with the image of the Virgen de la Soledad. Temple, convent and plaza make up the monumental complex of San Juan del Obispo. (The historical charm of San Juan del Obispo, 2016).

Mass schedule: Monday to Friday: 6:30 p.m. – Saturday: 6:00 a.m. – Sunday: 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Curious facts: Its original name was San Juan Bautista de Guatemala. A century later it was changed to San Juan del Obispo, in honor of the first bishop of Guatemala, Francisco Marroquín, who lived there.

The convent, founded by Franciscan friars, was occupied by the Congregation of the Claretians and is currently under the care of the Bethania Sisters. (The historical charm of San Juan del Obispo, 2016).

The Guatemalan writer Luis de Lión, author of El tiempo principia en Xibalbá, considered the best contemporary Guatemalan indigenous novel, was born here.

Handicrafts: handmade “loquat wine”, handmade chocolate, silver accessories, decorative wooden articles and textile garments. (Girón, 2018)

Academy, Museum, library or art center: San Juan del Obispo Museum. Luis de Lión House Museum. Luis de Lión Library. Marimba for children and youth: Brisa del Hunahpú. (Mejia, 2018)

Where: South and four kilometers from the city of Antigua Guatemala.

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