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“Great experience”
Review of Merida Cathedral

Merida Cathedral
Ranked #7 of 114 things to do in Merida
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Real old architecture
Find out when there are wedding ceremonies in the main church and in the side chapel (extra entrance). To attend and watch Mexican wedding ceremonies with all the emotions is a wonderful experience.

Visited December 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Historical ”
Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

It doesn't take long to go in and have a look at this Cathedral. No gold or decorations like some, but it is impressive just the same. Just to see a building of that age and with that history is worthwhile. Make sure to see it when in Merida.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“1st cathedral in the Americas”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

One of the things I like about the historic centers of Mexican towns is the ringing of bells every morning and this one is lovely. It's a cool and pleasant stop when walking around the historic center. There's a pretty chapel with Christ of the Blisters, and I believe the huge cross behind the altar is the largest inside a building in the Americas. The cathedral is across the street from the main plaza and is a must see.

Visited January 2014
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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“Basilica of San Ildefonso”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

This cathedral is thought to be the second oldest in the new world, begun circa 1560 during the era of conquisadors. The recently subjugated and enslaved Mayan natives were forced to tear down their city called T’ho, salvage the stones, and set to work building for their new masters.

Once elaborately decorated, the interior was plundered in the early 20th century by the military governor of Yucatan and left rather plain. What decoration is seen today is tasteful and interesting, but the cathedral is still quite plain, relatively speaking. It does house a magnificent organ, though at the time of our visit it was badly out of tune.

The present day attraction of the basilica appears to be historic rather than architectural, but was a must for us for that reason alone. We are very glad we visited, and were able to return for Mass on Sunday.

Visited January 2014
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Peachtree City, Georgia
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“Beautiful church!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Magnificent church!!! The crucifix was particularly interesting! Love the old Mexican churches!!
Right in the center of town, across the street from the Zocalo

Visited December 2013
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