Iglesia de la Merced, Antigua

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#2 of 40 in Historic Sites in Guatemala
See a fine example of colonial architecture and a storied place of worship at Iglesia de la Merced, a baroque church. Built on the site of a monastery established in 1548, but repeatedly damaged by earthquakes, the church was built as it appears today in 1767, as a squat structure designed to withstand tremors. The intricate facade displays a distinctly baroque style, with ornamental elements set in relief, and providing white highlights against the yellow of the main walls. The church's courtyard features a vast stone fountain, said by some to be the largest in Central America. For Iglesia de la Merced and beyond, use our Antigua trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Antigua vacation.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Evening beautiful beautiful church, lit. To see the fountain you have to pay. Tired with a view above the building.
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  • August 9, 2017
    at the end of the street of OCP is... old mercy iglsia of the colonoal era... a variety of street foods of very rich flavor has a broad front with parking and its aldededor... Typical as the chuchitos, the dobleadas the yostadas the tacosde chicken, etc etc etc... the interior of the Church is very elaborate wood of the colony with magnificent images of the Spanish era...
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  • August 8, 2017
    It is a beautiful church! Only that they parked their cars across the Church and trucks take away all the charm!
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  • October 27, 2016
    La Merced is a half a block from the famed Arch in Antigua. The Church has an interior that represents much of the history of Antigua and Guatemala. During Semana Santa which is Good Friday the processions start out of La Merced Church at 4 in the morning and wonders through the streets of Antigua will sunrise. The church does not have specific tours however you can also walk the grounds of the church.
  • March 4, 2017
    Beautiful veneer and pretty golden altar! Very nice place!
  • June 25, 2017
    Beautiful and historical Church and convert.
  • July 23, 2016
    Iconic landmark due to its yellow, arabesque facade. Worth a visit. The Convent ruins next door have signage in English and is cheaper than other ruins in town.
  • July 9, 2016
    Take a few minutes and go see this church. Beautiful from the outside. Makes for some great pictures. You dont really need to waste your time going in. The outside facade is what you are there for

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