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Address: Antigua, Guatemala
Description: Destroyed twice by earthquakes, this 1548 church was rebuilt in the 1700s...
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.
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Beautiful church really every detail is amazing, it is well preserved and the place is quiet and clean.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church really every detail is amazing, it is well preserved and the place is quiet and clean.

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Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

You can visit the church for free, the monastery is 15Q or 2$ for foreigners. They could spend the entrance fee to have someone clean out the fountain.

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Kingston Parish, Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Beautiful Church that is well worth visiting. Incredible work on the exterior. Found in a pretty square with many food vendors

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Antigua, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The church is quite beautiful inside, but the outside is breathtaking. People aren't exaggerating when they compare the exterior of La Merced with an elaborate frosted wedding cake. This is an active church, so be aware when you go inside that taking pictures of the interior while people are praying is considered disrespectful. Also love the plaza outside for people... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It is possible to go on church/ruins overload in Antigua. Merced, one of the town's larger sites, is definitely worth a visit. One can wander through the ruins and imagine what once was. Good for a leisurely stroll.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

La Merced is a beautiful church, and well worth swinging by if in Antigua. The plaza outside is interesting as well, with lots of activity.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wedding going on during my visit. Oopsie. Also saw several people doing restoration work. I'm glad it was free. Not sure if I missed anything going on, but kinda meh.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

One of the best visit to do in Antigua, the restauration made was very well done, very popular Church, for sure you can't miss it

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Amongst the ruins we visited in Antigua, this was definitely our favourite. The architecture of this building is absolutely gorgeous and the rooftop offers a great vantage point to the rest of Antigua. If you're in Antigua, remember to check this place out!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

A beautiful church with incredible architecture, definitely worth a walk. Along the way from the main square there is also great shops and landmarks to see. Inside of the church is also worth a look

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Address: Antigua, Guatemala
Location: Central America  >  Guatemala  >  Sacatepequez Department  >  Antigua

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