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La Merced, Antigua
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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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  • back as the city where time seems to have stop in Christmas so much more with the fervor of residents celebrate religious permante
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  • We had the chance to attend a procession around the Church of la Merced, showing the power of the popular fervour for this church. Another night, a celebration took place on the busy square on which it is located; fireworks lit up the evening. In the morning we can attend an office and measure once again its popularity, a hundred people was present on that day and there was no particular event.
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  • I can see La Merced from the rooftop of my favorite hotel in Antigua, Casa Cristina, which is just a block and a half away so I walk by frequently. Paying to get inside La Merced to see the huge fount...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A church I am especcially fond of visiting at dawn or at night. Make sure to pay it at visit and do go inside if possible.
  • 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.