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La Merced

Antigua, Guatemala
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Ranked #5 of 34 Attractions in Antigua
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Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: Destroyed twice by earthquakes, this 1548 church was rebuilt in the 1700s to withstand earthquakes and boasts a lovely yellow façade and a huge stone... more » Owner description: Destroyed twice by earthquakes, this 1548 church was rebuilt in the 1700s to withstand earthquakes and boasts a lovely yellow façade and a huge stone fountain, reputed to be the largest in Central America. « less
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California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A must see on you walking tour . bright colors and nicely restored. Just minutes from the plaza. Recommended MeuterMedia

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Good place to watch syncritism of Catholics & Maya Also the surrounding is good to watch the locals Close to the market

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London, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Attractive facade while the interior was relatively austere (refreshingly). There is a pay-entry section next to the church that is worth a visit at relatively low cost, although the place could use a little TLC. Includes earth quake time-line information - Antigua has experienced a lot of them.

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Alexandroupoli, Greece
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Very beautifull church just off the main square. Wonderfull decoranted inside, very beautiful architecture outside. Well worth a visit

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

La Merced is a beuatifu and understated wonder. For those who have traveled Europe and seen the churches, please compare. You can really feel the heart of the place if you sit there a bit. A great "working" church.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This church is beautiful on the inside and out. We stopped by during Mass one evening and didn't stay too long as not to disturb. A must see!

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I love the Merced. I live close to Antigua and we often stop in at the church and ruins. When I was a teen I'd go into the ruins with a coffee and a notebook and spend hours in there writing. If you travel to Antigua, you should definitely see it.

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice church with ruins next door, which are well signed with regards to the history of the convent/church. Entrance was very cheap, and the fountain in the courtyard would be very impressive if they switched the water on.

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Olmito, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a beautiful church to visit right in the heart of Antigua. For you who are looking at the Arch, it is he church at the end of the street (looking north) right behind the Arch. Go and take a look. There is also a small park/plaza in front of the church that is a great place to relax... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is such a beutiful and classic latin american catholic church. Everyone should see the exterior and the main cathedral. Very close to the city center so easy to get to and again, not to be missed.

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