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Iglesia de La Merced

Antigua, Guatemala
+502 7832 0559
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old church” (24 reviews)
“pretty church” (8 reviews)
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Antigua, Guatemala
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+502 7832 0559
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"beautiful church"
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"old church"
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"yellow church"
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"active church"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended classes at Maximo Nivel and I lived in le Manchen so I would pass this church daily. It always had something going on, from special services to a holy celebration in early May. People were dressed in Mayan garbs, there was a procession,...More

Thank Shalla A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely colonial style church in Antigua, close to the market. Extremely peaceful inside, I’d recommend stopping in.

Thank Sher_TT
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I very much enjoy walking through the church to see the ancient paintings, decor, stations of the cross, etc. At times you may even see a sample of the afombras that adorn the streets of Antigua during Holy Week. I recommend no flash if you...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I just had to get a close up picture of the front of this church because the detail does not show from a distance. There are white lillies in terracotta climbing up like a vine. I never saw anything like it before. Positively beautiful.

Thank reliasz
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

The yellow and white intricately detailed exterior of this Jesuit Baroque church built in 1545 was the real draw for us, while the interior was rather plain in comparison. The very historic church was one of the first monasteries in the area. Unfortunately this was...More

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Our visit to La Merced was very moving. The outside's beautiful and ornate facade is only second to its interior. There is a little park out front where people sell fruit and goods, but we didnt find them pushy like they are at the Parque...More

Thank mrandmrsdavis2015
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Beautiful church that charged admission to see part of the back property but then I found out the church does not open until 2:00pm, the same time I was leaving the city. It is still worth taking photos of the outside.

Thank Hairycalgrad
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We were part of a large congregation gathered to celebrate Easter and our Lord's rising from the dead to make eternal life with Him available to us. We speak very little Spanish so much of the service was not understandable to us, but we were...More

Thank 765lena
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

Beautiful colonial church which got repeatedly hit by earthquakes. Entrance free to the church but there is small admission to monastery ruins. After visit you can have good local meal in one of great food stalls in the small park around the church.

Thank duhoz
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

A beautiful old Church which was very busy and packed during the Holy week. A lot of the processions started from inside this Church. I was able to walk in and see a little bit of the Church with the Guide, but because of the...More

Thank WTJY
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Carrie H
29 November 2016|
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Response from luke47 | Reviewed this property |
The indoor market is named Nim Pot. It was once a movie theater. It is next to Frida'a Mexican Restaurant. You cannot bargain in there, but prices are reasonable.
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