La Merced, Guatemala City

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#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Guatemala City
Visit La Merced, a Baroque-style church with a captivating yellow facade, and an even more exciting interior. Built between 1780 and 1813, the church should not be confused with its sister church in Antigua, although it now holds many of the Antiguan church's artworks due to damage done by an earthquake. The gold-coated central altar captures your attention upon entering, with lavishly decorated sculptures of saints embossed in gold and silver, and an extensive collection of art and relics also worthy of attention. The silver-plated altarpiece of San Judas Tadeo, frequently visited by pilgrims, stands out as the collection's highlight. Put La Merced into our Guatemala City travel route builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • visit guatemala is excellent and its monasteries and churches is fascinating. explore ancient is an unforgettable journey.
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  • For me it is one of the most beautiful churches in the city, its is quite big and has several good side altars. The problem is the parking in the area. The Jesuits are the ones in charge of this churc...  more »
  • Impressive collection of altarpieces colonial brought the former after the earthquake. Be careful of not only when there are no mass but much before the start because many people go and a step could not be.
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