Ermita de la Santa Cruz, Antigua Guatemala: Visitors Guide

Antigua Guatemala Ermita de la Santa Cruz

This wallpaper calendar features Ermita de la Santa Cruz, one of the oldest hermitages in Antigua Guatemala, its construction dating back to 1664. Located on the outskirts of Antigua (Calle Chipilapa), the church was built to serve the working indigenous population living outside of the capital.

Ermita de la Santa Cruz Antigua Guatemala

Ermita de la Santa Cruz

History of Ermita de la Santa Cruz

Given its humble origins, it’s a bit surprising to know that the detailed facade of this church was one of the most beautiful in the capital. The local population, a mix of indigenous and those of mixed race (mulattos and mestizos), loved their temple and helped rebuild it after the 1717 earthquakes – something unusual given that the task of financing repairs usually fell to rich members of the population and the religious orders in charge.

Ermita de la Santa Cruz was further damaged during the earthquakes of 1773. The dome remained standing until an earthquake in 1942 brought it down.


As part of the city’s restoration process, the council in charge of the protection of the city’s historical buildings (CNPAG) commissioned repairs to the ruins in 1973.

Today, the hermitage serves as an outdoor theatre for cultural events, concerts, and theatrical plays.


Instructions on how to download your wallpaper below.


***For a list of Events happening in Antigua this month Click Here***

This calendar is available in a US-friendly format which marks Sunday as the first day of the week.

To apply the calendar to your desktop, follow the instructions below:

1- Click on the following links to get your preferred version; each of these links will open a new window (or tab) displaying the wallpaper calendar in the screen size selected.

Ermita de la Santa Cruz:  1920 x 1200 -&- 1920 x 1080

2- Right-click (or Ctrl-click for most Mac users) on the image. Choose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture,” or something to that effect. Keep in mind that the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.

3- If the image does not fit your desktop background like it should, you may have to go to your preferred options. On a Mac? Go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop. Using Windows? Go to Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

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More places to visit in Antigua Guatemala here.

Published by Rich Polanco

Fan of dogs + all things tech. Love a great pizza. My goal is not to travel to every country in the world. I only want to get to know my favorite ones REALLY well. Check out the big bio here. Follow @RichPolanco and connect on Facebook. Currently exploring: Guatemala.

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