This is an authentic Guatemalan cross with saint Cristo Negro from esquipulas.
A perfect world style accent for your home.
It will be shipped from Guatemala with certified mail and tracking.
Size L 10-1/2''
Shipping to the Americas $3.99 and rest of world $5.99
Esquipulas is a town in the Guatemalan department of Chiquimula on the border withHonduras. It serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. The town is famous for the Basilica of Esquipulas which houses the Shrine of theCristo Negro (âBlack Christâ).
The city of Esquipulas was founded by the Spaniards between 1560 and 1570 with the name of Santiago de Esquipulas. The image of the Black Christ dates back to March 9, 1595, when the Portuguese sculptor Quirio CataÃ±o presented it to the mayor of the city. There's another carving of the Black Christ by Quirio CataÃ±o in Juayua, El Salvador, and a sister pilgrimage site.
Esquipulas was also the site of the initial meetings which led to the Esquipulas Peace Agreement, with which a measure of peace finally returned to Central America. Although the 1987 treaty was signed in Guatemala City, it bears the name Esquipulas.
The cathedral at Esquipulas was proclaimed a Basilica in 1961 by Pope John XXIII, and in 1995, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the shrine, Pope John Paul II proclaimed it "the spiritual center of Central America." Every year, thousands of pilgrims from Guatemala, the United States, Europe and other Central American countries flock to pay homage to the dark wooden image of the crucified Christ, the most revered Catholic shrine in the region.
El Santuario de Chimayo, a major Roman Catholic pilgrimage site in ChimayÃ³, New Mexico, USA, is closely linked with Esquipulas.
Esquipulas is famous for its Tierra Santa (Holy Earth) clay tablets that are purchased by the pilgrims during Church festivals. The clay from the local deposits is cleaned and pressed into small cakes. Such clay is also known as tierra bendita, or Tierra del Santo. The popularity of this clay is attested by the many names (for example, akipula, cipula, askipula, kipula) that are used for such medicinal clay tablets all around Central America. Pilgrims sometimes eat the supposedly curative clay, or they rub themselves with it.
Similar customs prevail at the sister shrine El Santuario de Chimayo in the US.
In 1987 the Trifinio biosphere reserve was created to protect the unique flora and fauna in the region