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La Merced, Guatemala City

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Guatemala City holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the La Merced and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is where the majority of the important stuff was relocated when one of the churches in Antigua was damaged by earthquake. The decision was made to relocate much of the 'fancy' religious artifacts...  read more »
  • I must say, that for my Guatemala City, it is one of the churches most beautiful that we, in design, history, and one of the more important of the capital's Catholic faith. To all the people who like to travel religious, this is a work that can not miss. I only have an opinion as a suggestion, should have been a space for health services or if any signal, since sometimes there are around very bad smell, looks clean, but not this other educating people.
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  • Church of baroque style in a slightly dodgy area of the capital. Perhaps inside the most decorated of the country (at least from what we saw), has an organ. Visits on Wednesday when the city gives appointment!
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