La Merced, Guatemala City

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#3 of 7 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. 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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  • July 26, 2017
    If you like historic places and religious buildings, La Merced is right for you! The best day to visit is on wenesdays because in this Church you will find the miracaulos: San Judas Tadeo, and special...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    If you like beautiful churches and their history then go to this one. You go inside and find great images. We were blessed to be walking in after a portion of our city tour when a mass was being held.  more »
  • May 22, 2017
    We went to Guatemala for Holy Week. What a treat?! This church is along the route and has it's own procession. The processions of men and women carrying block long barges of sorts carrying mannequins ...  more »

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