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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Gorgeous yellow and white baroque cathedral. la merced has culture, history and beauty. it is also located nearby great restaurants and the arch. do not miss the mermaid fountain in the front.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Sunday afternoon, there was some good marimba in front of the church and traditional food vendors at one side. Very good food if you want to try our chuchitos, tamalitos, tostadas y atoles.

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A very pretty church. It is free (because it's a church). Donations accepted. Still not 50 characters, really?

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Bloomington, Illinois
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

One of many nice cathedrals to see in Antigua. Enjoyed the gatherings in the evening with women selling local food items.

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