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Merida Cathedral

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Address: Calle 61 | on the east side of Plaza Grande, Merida, Mexico

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beautiful 16c church built with the stones of a pyramid destroyed by the Colonial Spanish. Right across from the cetro park.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

beautiful 16c church built with the stones of a pyramid destroyed by the Colonial Spanish. Right across from the cetro park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Cathedral de San Ildefonso was completed in 1598 and is one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. I was there a week before Easter so the altar and other artifacts were covered with black fabric. It is located on a vibrant plaza and worth the short visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Wonderful architecture and painting. Easy access. Worth going to an seeing the history and beauty of the cathedral. I am writing more because TA requires characters to publish this review.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Downtown Merida is a nice change from the coast, old and colonial. The cathedral is another beautiful building that is worth seeing. Take your time and walk around or take a horse drawn carriage if you are too hot and tired.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This building is beautiful and it's one of cathedrals where pope John Paul II visited when he came to Mexico. Looks old outside but inside is astonishing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

you might also say: just another nice colonial church, yes, but they are so beautiful and not over loaded with decoration

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Benicia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The cathedral is built with stones from an abandoned Mayan city. We were here on Easter weekend, and there was Mass being held every time we were nearby, so we weren't able to really explore it without risk of offending. It is especially dramatic and beautiful at night, with the singing and chants spilling out the door.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Not only is this a palacial Spanish iglesia on a magnificent square, the interior does not disappoint. We sat in stunned silence, imagining the history this cathedral has witnessed. Then, a group of children came in for their catechism lesson....sitting properly, singing loyally, with a realistic jolt of playfulness - some hiding each others' shoes when the nun wasn't looking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This cathedral was on my Yucatan bucket list - I'd heard much about the existing colonial presence in this city - and am pleased to have visited thrice. Our night-time visit coincided with Saturday evening Mass. The huge wooden crucified Christ was covered by a large drape - it was the beginning of Passion Week. The mixed crowd was reverent,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful cathedral, said by some to be oldest in Americas. We're here at Easter, so it was especially decorated. A few years ago they began offering tours in English and Spanish that end on the roof. It's wonderful to see beyond the main floor and the views from the roof are truly lovely.

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