This pretty rose-colored neo-Gothic chapel with ornate decor inside and out is one of Guatemala City’s more quirky tourist attractions. It was commissioned by don Felipe Yurrita Castañeda, a wealthy Spaniard, as a thank-you offering to Our Lady of Anguish for sparing his life and that of his family in the 1902 eruption of Santa María volcano, which blanketed areas in rock and ash near his San Marcos coffee farm.
It was completed in 1941 just five months before his death. Situated at Ruta 6 8-52 and usually open to the public (8 a.m.–noon and 3–6 p.m. Tues.–Sun.), it’s an interesting mishmash of architectural styles in vogue at the time and capriciously admired by its creator. Note the interesting crooked cross at top.
A recent addition to the property is Restaurante Casa Yurrita (tel. 2360-1615).
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