Merida Cathedral, Merida

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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. Discover how to plan a Merida trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • I happened to witness the anniversary of a Saint of Mérida, the devotion was grade. The wonderful Cathedral, always to the scale of Mérida, is not Notre Dame, it is Yucatan, and each Cathedral corresponds to the population.
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  • In the center of the city, has the largest indoor wooden crucifix in the world. Marvelous singing, a very holy feeling place.  more »
  • Magnificent old church, built for the ruins of a one time Mayan city. Located in the heart of the city. This is a place you have to visit while in the city.  more »
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  • 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.
  • A truly awe-inspiring Cathedral. The history inside and the architecture were amazing. A must see if you are in the downtown.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Merida

Yucatan's capital and cultural hub offers a range of accommodations concentrated almost entirely around its historical center, offering convenient access to the architectural marvels and museums that make the city a popular destination. Look in the streets surrounding Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan for some basic but perfectly located budget-friendly options. If the center feels too full of tourists, head north to the less frenetic neighborhood of Montes de Ame, where you can find some laidback private rentals.
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