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La Merced, Antigua

Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
See a fine example of colonial architecture and a storied place of worship at 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 La Merced and beyond, use our Antigua trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Antigua vacation.
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  • Beautiful church in a the old area of town. Very serene with quiet music in the background. Surely worth a visit 
  • Despite three or four earthquakes has been well restored and preserved, Baroque Creole style of architecture. It was of the order of the Mercedarians. In the area of the convent there is a fountain with sirens, you can climb to the roof of the Church level and have another view of Antigua and the volcanoes. In the Park you can eat toasts (roasted cabbage and avocado omelette).
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  • This incredible church from the mercedarians is very interesting because its relevance and their contribution to the municipality. Mercedarians normally are the ones who take care of the most neglecte...  read more »
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Not much to do here, walked in for a few minutes, walked around, that's it. It's not bad, just not spectacular either. Maybe I missed it on a good day, or there's better times to go, but you could skip it and not miss much.
  • Beautiful church and intricate art work on the front of the church. Worth the walk
  • Beautiful church with beautiful grounds.
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