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Review of Merida Cathedral

Merida Cathedral
Ranked #13 of 126 things to do in Merida
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 7 October 2013

The peaceful and harmonious ambiance, with beautiful hand carved pews at the altar and confessionaries

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

The Cathedral of Merida, located on the Plaza Mayor, is a stunning example of 16th-century colonial architecture. Built between 1561 and 1598, the cathedral is the second oldest in the Americas,after the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo and not the oldest. Don't believe evrything you read on the Internet. I have visited both. !

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The cathedral stands on the former site of Tiho, a Mayan temple that was destroyed during the Conquest. The architectural styles represented in the cathedral are diverse, with the Renaissance facade, the Baroque altar and the Moorish towers showing the change in aesthetics over its 37-year construction.

As most of the Cathedrals in Mexico, it is impressive to watch from the outside. However, I was a little bit disappointed by the inside. It dous need restauration and I made an offering for it. Don't forget to do so when you stop by because this is a historical Church which belongs to the history of world. Its construction begun in 1561 and was completed in 1598.

Thank Nancy R
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Begun in 1561 and completed in 1598, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso is supposedly the second oldest in the new world. It's built like a fortress, not highly decorated but still a beautifully made building. Inside we saw a huge contemporary crucifix and around the aisles the grave markers of dozens of people who helped save the church from a fire in the mid-1800s. They were survivors, but were given the honor of interment inside the church as a gesture of thanks. All this we learned from a friendly guide who works for the Cathedral and gave us a free tour!

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Very Nice and we had a personal member of the church give us a tour. He was very informative. Built 1592

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This is a must see. It shows the heavy Spanish influence of the city. Very traditional. You are not allowed to take photos during mass.

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