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“Marimbas!”

Iglesia de La Merced
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US$75.00*
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Half Day Tour to Antigua Guatemala
Ranked #7 of 82 things to do in Antigua
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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.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Marimbas!”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

We stumbled on a huge marimba concert in the courtyard of La Merced as we were on our way to Cafe Escobar for dinner. The concert was wonderful and the steak at Escobar was delicious. (The marimba is the national instrument of Guatemala.)

Visited February 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Beautiful but very busy”
Reviewed 17 March 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.

Visited February 2014
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Show Low, Arizona
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Prettiest church in Antigua”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

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

Visited March 2014
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USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the festival”
Reviewed 15 March 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.

Visited March 2014
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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“One of many”
Reviewed 6 March 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.

Visited February 2014
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