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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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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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 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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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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Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lovely atmosphere, also enjoyed the special relic. The jesus cross was very big, but the rest was plain and simple which I like.

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

on the square in Merida ...plazza grande..sits the cathedral in all is glory ...steeped in history and conflict...the bottom 3/4's is the old mayan temple..the top new from the spanish conquestidors..a gift from queen isabela...to pasquale de montoya...tho'... became MERIDA...and the mayan world was changed forever..a sight to see ...day or night ..a mass on sunday..will make you believe...roman catholic... More

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Rio Rico, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Merida is a beautiful colonial city. It's a very safe place to visit, rated the safest city in Mexico. Visiting the Cathedral is a must.... Beautiful!!! We as family walked in on a Friday afternoon & there actually mass going on. After mass was over, we walked the inside of the church and took some pictures. We were approached by... More

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Waterproof, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Loved the history lesson behind this beautiful cathedral ! Being able to actually enter and witness first hand the religious practices were awe inspiring! Would advise adding this to your list of things to see while in this area!

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