Iglesia de La Merced
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Stephen L
Cambridge, UK475 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Built in the 1760s to withstand earthquakes and still standing although there is some current renovation work to the building structure. Beautiful yellow and white facade.
And do visit the ruins of the monastery behind the church.
Written November 24, 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Nov 2019
Much has already been written about this amazing "Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced" (Church of Our Lady of Mercy, in English). It is a quite "brave" church, as it is one of the very few buildings that have remained standing and relatively undamaged after all those earthquakes that have struck Guatemala along the centuries. The actual church had its construction started in 1749, was inaugurated in 1767 and was abandoned after the earthquakes of Santa Marta, in 1773. In 1853, it had its restoration initiated and, up to our days, it is still strikingly beautiful! The Spanish baroque style is present in its facade and interior. Visit the church and the ruins of the adjoining convent, check the altars and the holy images of Jesus Nazarene and of Our Ladies of Mercy and Sorrow. In front of the church, at the end of 5ª Avenida Norte, the old atrium's stone cross and a small park, known as "Parque de La Merced". Night visits allow enjoying the scenic lightings and the beautiful stucco works with arabesque patterns . Enjoy!
Written August 18, 2020
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Michael W
Redding, CT1,059 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
This church is both well restored and beautiful maintained. In fact they are painting the outside again as I write. It’s not anything like as ornate inside as many other churches of a similar period but, again, it’s very well maintained. Worth a short visit but note that no entry is allowed when mass is being held.
Written November 15, 2022
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Rob C
San Jose, CA2,115 contributions
Apr 2021
This church is quite popular with locals and tourists alike. It is quite picturesque with its vibrant yellow façade and white details. Honestly though, other than the few hints of native vegetation featured on its front , it does not stand out from many colonial churches that litter Mexico and South America. The towers are quite squat and bulky (I get it, the earthquakes) and the façade looks like dozens of others , unless you really pay attention to the details. I visited during the semana santa and I was not allowed to venture inside, by an angry-looking Guatemalan man.
Written April 14, 2021
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5,139 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This was one of the churches we visited on our Blue Planet tour that we took from our cruise ship. This church is very beautiful on the outside with the yellow and white. On the inside there are many beautiful statues with good signage. When we visited some young people were doing sand art on the floor near the altars and these will remain there through lent. I definitely recommend a visit and hopefully you’ll have at least half an hour for wandering around.
Written March 5, 2020
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Suzanne T
Oaxaca, Mexico403 contributions
Dec 2019
Contrary to normal Catholic churches, this one exudes joy and a love of living things in this beautiful Moorish designs of vines and birds going up the columns and beautiful Moorish patterns.
Enjoy!!! and I LOVE the color too. Just a delight...as is the monastery/convent next door.
Written January 4, 2020
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mikebrownnz
Cardiff, UK1,082 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
At one end of town, not far from the arc, this beautifully facades church has a simple architectural interior but with a series of very ornate secondary altars and homages to various saints. It is very much a locals place of worship, so no entry fee, but respectful photography is allowed in all bar the special sacristy where a dress code (no shorts) also applies.

There is a large fountain outside under a shady tree lined square so, whilst there are some hawkers there, it is also a good place to rest for a bit
Written February 22, 2020
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CaFoodRepublic
Chico, CA686 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
One of the larger, better preserved, and exterior well-maintained churches in this city with many to choose from. Just from the Square, colorful, accessible, and a great place to observe the locals practicing their vibrant and still live in Catholicism. Labels and signage on the altars is better than average.
Written February 22, 2020
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chelsealynne
Pensacola, FL923 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Lovely church and it’s free to enter. I find the white and yellow exterior quite lovely. Catch a glimpse of the church from the hill with the cross. It looks really huge from up there. Shops next door have a great variety of souvenirs.
Written February 6, 2020
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
You MUST visit the church of La Merced at night and in the month of December. They have decorated the church with numerous christmas lights and tasteful festivities. It is a must see at night and in the day you will be able to enter and check out the interior!
Written December 19, 2018
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