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Merida Cathedral

Calle 61 | on the east side of Plaza Grande, Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #6 of 39 Attractions in Merida
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Bloomington, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We had little time to visit the cathedral because a service was about to begin. Regardless, it is an important stop in Merida.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

A must when visiting Mérida City, you have to visit on Sunday and enjoy the evening around the area.

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Boston, MA
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11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Closed for much of the day and lacks the grandness of many of Mexico's central squares. As a central site, you still should drop by and enjoy when it is open.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Merida's huge cathedral was built from stones from the Mayan city that stood there, and was designed to awe, impress and intimidate the indigenous population. This did not work, as they revolted against the occupiers. The building continues to dominate but is not particularly pretty.

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La Quinta, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

outstanding cathedral, and we are not catholic, but truly enjoyed sitting in the magnificent structure. Dont miss this one

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houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

go with an open mind and love everything about it! Be humble so you can keep the seriousness of the place and admire the architecture and the people. A mix of culture mayan and spanish influence over different beliefs. Be generous as people live of tourism. the more you pay the more info you get and you will be treated... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A unique construction, impressive arches, grand spaces, beautiful organs. Do not overlook the contemporary sculptures of Angels in front of the building.

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Garland, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have been to see this before, but it is such a beautiful peaceful place to visit. It has the largest indoor Christ I have ever seen.

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Noventa Padovana, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The start of construction of the Cathedral of Merida dedicated to San Ildefonso began in 1562 and is the first cathedral built in the American continent. Deliberately in the Franciscan style, poor of superficiality but rich in spirit, it becomes the point of strength for the proliferation of Catholicism in America.

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Monterrey, Mexico
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is the first cathedral built in the Continental Americas, it is built over a Mayan temple, the exterior is quite spectacular, but the interior is quite simple. It burned down quite a while ago, and was never restored to its original state, but rebuilt in the inside quite simply. It has the largest indoor Christ cross but that is... More

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