Santo Hermano Pedro Sculpture

Santo Hermano Pedro Sculpture by Rudy Girón

Perhaps sculpture is not the right word, but I can’t think of a better word right now to describe this giant metal image of Santo Hermano Pedro de Betancourt.

So who was this character who has inspired so many people and that eventually became a Saint? First, here are the archived articles in Antigua Daily Photo related to Santo Hermano Pedro, as he is known now. On October 25 of 2006, I shared with you a forged metal lamp with his image. Remember the monument for Hermano Pedro de Betancourt is on Plaza de la Paz.

Known as the “St. Francis of the Americas,” Pedro de Betancourt worked and died in Guatemala. Pedro was born into a poor family on Tenerife in the Canary Islands in 1626. He worked as a shepherd until age 24, when he began to make his way to Guatemala, hoping to connect with a relative engaged in government service there. By the time he reached Havana, Cuba he was out of money. After working there to earn more, he got to Guatemala City the following year. When he arrived he was so destitute that he joined the bread line which the Franciscans had established… As quoted from Wikipedia (click to continue reading).

Do you know where is the Santo Hermano Pedro metal sculpture shown above located? Hint the word Cerro is part of the name of the location.

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  • Eric

    Although I haven’t been up there yet, is this sculpture on Cerro de la Cruz ? Just a guess, I’m afraid.
    I wandered into la Plaza de la Paz on my last visit, when I was hunting down some of these fantastic ruinas that you’re always showing your readers, Rudy. Lovely place. I got some photos of Hermano Pedro’s house, some of the church around the plaza…and a fresh roasted elote from the ladies nearby. Next trip, I will have to find the sculpture pictured!

  • Santo Domingo del Cerro ^^, hace unas semanas tuve el gusto de visitar tan lindo lugar! me encantó!