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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.
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All reviews beautiful church old church pretty church active church holy week worth a visit during semana santa food vendors vendors selling the main square central america mercado fountain yellow facade ruins congregation
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like to pop into churches to look around while traveling, usually to briefly check out the architecture, stained glass, any other art that might be there. This one might be fairly representative of Central America, I don't know. It didn't seem particularly remarkable to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t have photos but you have to go and out the church there are much people offering tipical food , try “tostadas” and “chorreados” 🤙🏻

Thank Miguel P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very pretty, baroque church. If you can be quiet and respectful, go inside to admire the artwork. It's very near the arch and there are good restaurants nearby.

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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

This is a site to see at night. The church is open to visitors during the day. There is always a lot of activity here and just outside. Worth stopping by and learning some of the history.

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 21 August 2018

This church is constantly in use and makes a visit very worth the time to experience the locals devotional life. The architecture is quite impressive and the floral arrangements on the various altars are quite lovely-

Thank John J
Reviewed 17 August 2018

the city of Antigua was the first capital of Central America. Its on the UNESCO list (Patrimony of Humanity) and is really a fascinating city where Hispanic and native culture and architecture are fused. Some 20 plus sites worth visiting - according to the tourist...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

In addition to being an active and beautiful church, there is a very nice park to take a break. we stopped here several times and on Sunday there is an active food market with local cooked foods.

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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Walked past this very very old church that was damaged in one of the many earthquakes to hit this region. Not much going on here during semana Santa, other than some great photo chances. Gift shops all around. Not sure if they offer tours.

Thank Carl T
Reviewed 11 August 2018

There it`s a place where you will find serenity, peace and a very special feeling. In fact, begining for the view, becuase from there, in the plaza beside the church, you`ll see the street, the arco and the impressive volcano, far away, but, you wll...More

1  Thank d4vfduran
Reviewed 7 August 2018

La Merced is one the three most interesting churches to visit in Antigua (the other two being San Fransisco and the Cathedral). As usual there are many statutes.To visit the cloisters one has to pay an entrance fee. La Merced is a working church so...More

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Carrie H
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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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