Catholic Decorations: San Cristóbal

Catholic Decorations: San Cristóbal by Rudy Girón

We continue the Catholic Decorations series with an image of San Cristóbal (Saint Christopher). Because Christopher offered protection to travelers and against sudden death, many churches placed images or statues of him, usually opposite the south door, so he could be easily seen. He is usually depicted as a giant of a man, with a child on his shoulder and a staff in one hand. In England, there are more wall paintings of Christopher than of any other saint; in 1904, Mrs. Collier, writing for the British Archaeological Association, reported 183 paintings, statues, and other representations of the saint, outnumbering all others except for the Virgin Mary (Source: Wikipedia).

Two villages of La Antigua Guatemala have San Cristóbal as part of their name. Do you know what villages are these and where are they located?

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