Antigua Guatemala Cathedral

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Catedral de San José
Saint Joseph Cathedral
Saint Joseph Cathedral, 2007
Basic information
Location Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez
Geographic coordinates 14°33′24″N 90°43′59″W / 14.556733°N 90.732920°W / 14.556733; -90.732920Coordinates: 14°33′24″N 90°43′59″W / 14.556733°N 90.732920°W / 14.556733; -90.732920
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Province Santiago de Guatemala
Territory Archdiocese of Guatemala
Municipality Antigua Guatemala
Year consecrated 1541
Ecclesiastical or organizational status cathedral
Status World Heritage Site
Heritage designation 1979
Leadership Archbishop Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño

Saint Joseph Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral de San José) is a Roman Catholic church in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala. The original church was built around 1541, but suffered several earthquakes throughout its history, and the first church building was demolished in 1669. The cathedral was rebuilt and consecrated in 1680. By 1743 the cathedral was one of the largest in Central America.[1] However, the devastating 1773 Guatemala earthquake seriously damaged much of the building, though the two towers at the front remained largely intact. These have undergone restoration work, and the cathedral has been partly rebuilt.

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