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“Stop by for some photos”

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.
Howell, Michigan, United States
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Stop by for some photos”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

A very old church with an interesting history. I walked around and took some photographs, while walking through the city.

Visited March 2014
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Atlanta
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great place to take photos”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

I got some great shots, if you are a photographer, this is a great place to visit. It gets kind of expensive to take the whole family, American tourist will pay a much higher price than the latin american tourists, but the price is still reasonable.

You can purchase a guided tour for a better experience, but I just wanted to take some photos.

Visited March 2014
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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16 reviews
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“a must see when in Antigua”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

nice - big - church - but simple/elegant in decoration.
right behind the Arco - worth a visit. Not sure why the review has to be 50 characters - when I can state my view in less. let's try to submit now.

Visited March 2014
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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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96 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“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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