Iglesia de San Caralampio
The neo-rococo Iglesia de San Caralampio (4a Av. Ote. Nte. at 2a Calle Nte. Ote., hours vary) is a striking rust and mustard-yellow church that sits on a leafy plaza. It’s named after an obscure Russian Orthodox saint whose image is said to have stopped an outbreak of smallpox and cholera from a nearby ranch during the 19th century.
The church is in one of the oldest and prettiest neighborhoods in the city—Barrio La Pila. It is a colorful colonial place, one worth wandering about in. Look for the neighborhood’s namesake, La Pila del León (4a Av. Ote. Nte. at 1a Calle Nte. Ote.), Comitán’s first public water source.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition