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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old church” (22 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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"pretty church"
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"huge fountain"
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"yellow church"
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"active church"
in 8 reviews
"tostadas"
in 5 reviews
"holy week"
in 12 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 20 reviews
"food vendors"
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"vendors selling"
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"street vendors"
in 8 reviews
"central park"
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"santa catalina"
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"churches"
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"facade"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a beautiful, active church in Antigua. Spend the extra Quatzales to go inside and photograph the interior (it goes to a good cause). The street scenes outside and the other community activities make this a busy place every day.

Thank Steve R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked around inside and it's a beautifully kept old church that just reminds you how well things were built. It's impressive that it survived earthquakes and is still gorgeous today.

Thank WinterBenson
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked by this church every day while in Antigua and enjoyed the people around the property. It wasn't until we spent 15 minutes inside during a church service to a standing room only crowd where the ah ha moment kicks in. Very special place!

Thank chicago90Phoenix
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its worth a stop in for maybe a half an hr or so. In the courtyard outside vendors sell local food and beverages. Its pretty at night and a hangout spot for the young and old alike!

Thank njword420
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful church on the north side of Antigua. A wedding was going to start there shortly after I visited. What an amazing place.

Thank gsx1990
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got inside of the church on the terraces and it was our first touch with Antigua. We could see surrounding buildings and volcano.

Thank Mishka B
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Reviewed January 2, 2018

The interior of the church is much simpler in style. Visited it both in the daytime and at night when Christmas lights lit up the exterior and the area was filled with tourists and locals. Lots of vendors and food carts to be had.

Thank Linda B
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Reviewed December 31, 2017

We were in Antigua Dec 20-23. I mention this because it was it was right BEFOREHAND Christmas which meant we were privy to the Posada celebrations, of which I knew nothing about till one night we stumbled onto them in a dark side street. I'll...More

Thank cellofool
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Reviewed December 29, 2017

We were not able to stop on our tour to visit the inside of this church, but what we saw from the outside was still spectacular. Wish we could have gone inside and taken a tour.

Thank Andrew T
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Reviewed December 18, 2017

ok, people seem to love it, looking the reviews here. to me the facade is a rather shocking piece of kitsch. but ok, tastes are different and as I find it outstanding in its kitsch, it is still worth the visit :-)

Thank r0landbrunner
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Carrie H
November 29, 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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