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Merida Cathedral

Calle 61 | on the east side of Plaza Grande, Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #8 of 36 attractions in Merida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The title is literally true: you come from the hot, humid Plaza Grande into the cool shade of this church with its unusual style of vaulted ceiling. The high front is a facade, a popular architecural feature on several of the historic buildings in Merida. A generous donation to the church can get you access to the towers and the... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

accessible during day time--be respectful of church goers--really a beautiful church with incredible large wooden cross--check out the side altars!

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Toronto, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A wonderful piece of history in the heart of sunny Merida. This cathedral is equally as stunning at night as it is during the day. If you play your cards right, you can get an employee to take you us to the roof for a stunning view of Centrto and beyond.

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Spearfish, South Dakota
12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

You have to wait till they open it around four but its so worth the wait. What history it has! Some of the stones are from ruins which was neat and the architecture was breath taking. Heads up there will most likely be baggers at the door but they don't bite.

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San Diego, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

If you go to Merida this is definitely a must see. There is so much history here. This is the oldest Cathedral in Latin America. And its FREE :)

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Los Angeles
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

You will feel the enormous history in this oldest cathedral in the Americas built over an ancient mayan temple. Merida has a surprising history that is not the traditional understanding of Mexico. Once one of the richest cities in the world due to enormous wealth from the super strong Henneqin rope used for ships before nylon Merida and the Yucatan... More

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

First Cathedral in America, historical, it's kind of spiritual going in and breath the silence of the years stored in its inside, it doesn't matter what religion you have, this was build a long time ago and is just as impressive as it was then.

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Dallas, Texas
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26 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This cathedral, reputedly the oldest on the American continent, was built by Maya laborers (slaves?) from the stones that were from the ruins of the ancient Mayan city that was at the site of the Merida Square/ Zocalo. (See this, then see the Palacio del Gobernador to get an idea of the history.) While we were there (on a weekday),... More

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Beautiful and Magical Cathedral in Downtown Mérida, Yucatán. Worth to go inside to see this beautiful construction.

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Austin, Texas
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150 reviews 150 reviews
63 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I had read about this cathedral and was very interested in seeing it. It was built in the 1500's on a Mayan site. Our guide explained that the Spaniards destroyed Mayan Temples and used the materials to build the church. There is a huge (20+ ft) cross with Jesus on it on the back wall. It's supposed to be a... More

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