Trip Planner:   Mexico  /  Yucatan Peninsula  /  Yucatan  /  Merida  /  Historic Sites  /  Merida Cathedral

Merida Cathedral, Merida

(1,300+ reviews on the web)
Religious Site Historic Site
Completed in 1598, Merida Cathedral is one of the oldest in the Americas. Built on the site of a former Mayan temple, using some of the old stones from the ruins, the solemn building features an austere interior, most of its decorations destroyed in the Mexican Revolution. Inside, you can view a tall birchwood crucifix and a painting of Tutul Xiu, an indigenous chief who converted to Christianity and whose descendants still inhabit the area. Use our Merida trip itinerary maker to visit Merida Cathedral on your trip to Merida, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Create a full Merida itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Merida

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Merida by other users

9 days in Merida & Cancun BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Merida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: August, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Merida BY A USER FROM MEXICO June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Merida & Tulum BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 49 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM MEXICO December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Merida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Merida BY A USER FROM CANADA July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Yucatan Peninsula BY A USER FROM CANADA October, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 33 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM GERMANY July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 33 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM GERMANY July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The Cathedral of St. Ildefonso is truly amazing! It is simple but massive, and beautiful in its simplicity. There is a big organ in the choir loft, and Each Sunday at 9 or 9:30, there is a mass in Eng...  more »
  • My first few days in Merida i had all day guided tours, but finally on my last day I had time to visit the Cathedral. I attended the first mass of the morning. When it ended I remained inside admiring...  more »
  • We took a short stroll on the Mérida plaza and stopped at the cathedral. It was beautiful. A lot of art and history. Truly worth a stop to see the beauty and history.  more »
Google
  • A truly awe-inspiring Cathedral. The history inside and the architecture were amazing. A must see if you are in the downtown.
  • This cathedral is such a beautiful place. The architecture is incredible. The history here is unbelievable. And the mass held here is definitely an experience everyone should have, whether they're religious or not.
  • The church in Mérida is so beautiful. The dome is of particular beauty. A wonderful place in the city to find peace.
  • The cathedral of Merida is quite imposing and is beautiful both inside and out.
  • Amazing, the park across the street let you relax while looking at this beautiful cathedral.