Guam is a precious piece of land, whether you look at it geographically or spiritually. Though beaches dot the landscape, this island is also home to monuments that speak highly of the rich culture and heritage. One of the most important monuments on this island is the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica. Located in Hagatna, this enormous church is also the most impressionable of all the Catholic churches on Guam. This is the first Roman Catholic Church on Guam and is revered quite highly. The land for this church was obtained by Padre Diego Luis San Vitores from Guam’s Chief Quipuha in the 1600s. This church was officially named a Cathedral in 1912 and has been in prominence ever since.
This church houses the statue of the patron saint of Hagatna – Santa Maria de Kamalen as well as remains of the church’s hierarchy including the remains of many high clan Chamoros such as the Maga’lahiKe’puha (Chief Quipuha). Apart from the cathedral and the great structure, there is also a small museum that showcases Guam’s history and culture and a small gift shop, from where you can buy souvenirs. Adjacent to the Hagatna Cathedral is also the Plaza de Espana as well as the bronze statue of Pope John Paul II, commemorating his 1981 visit to Guam
When you travel to Guam, make sure you book your stay at Wyndham Gardens, as this hotel not only offers great deals and hospitality, but also has organized tours that make it easier for you to travel around and see the monuments and experience the rich culture and heritage of Guam.