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“Beautiful but very busy”

Iglesia de La Merced
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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.
Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a beautiful church to visit - the outside architectural detail is incredible (the color is a buttery yellow with bright white accents). The inside almost looks like a completely different architectural style with more of the earth elements of concrete, greenery and flowers. The beautiful central fountain is viewed best from above on the second floor (you can take the stairs up easily). This site does a good job with signs to help guide you for what to look at and notable areas. Keep an eye out for the beautiful detailing in the ruins. Around the windows, for example, you can see the floral scrolls.

The key with La Merced, though, is to be patient and avoid the huge tour groups. For example, if they are downstairs at the fountain, an option would be to go upstairs and see the lovely views of the hills and sky. Then, when the tour groups leave the fountain and are heading upstairs, take that opportunity to snap your photos looking down on the fountain before the next group arrives. Timing is everything here.

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is a must see if you are in Antigua. This is one of the finest churches you will find in Guatemala.

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Reviewed March 15, 2014

There was a huge festival underway due to the beginning of the Easter season. Large crowds were enjoying the food and fellowship; which added to the experience of the Guatemalan culture.

Thank Cristal D
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

There are so many churches and religious ruins it is difficult to find the 'differentiator' between them. We were there on Sunday and were surprised by the people milling around the church in the evening eating their snacks purchased from the many mobile vendors.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We are not religious but we can appreciate a lovely church and this is one. Beautiful architecture. Near some lovely restaurants and shops as well.

Thank GlobeDaughters
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