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. 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.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The Cathedral of Mérida is the oldest in America, stands out for its sober facade and without arrangements as other America and is precisely this that makes it interesting, highlights its two large towers and stately and beautiful inside.
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  • August 11, 2017
    A short visit to this Cathedral. You can find it at the plaza grande. It's a pretty sober decorated building but still fun to walk through.
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  • August 11, 2017
    This lovely cathedral has none of the iconography and statuary we expected. It is just a beautiful and simple church and a wonderful building too.  more »
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  • December 24, 2016
    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.
  • February 8, 2017
    A truly awe-inspiring Cathedral. The history inside and the architecture were amazing. A must see if you are in the downtown.
  • November 20, 2016
    The church in Mérida is so beautiful. The dome is of particular beauty. A wonderful place in the city to find peace.
  • March 9, 2017
    The cathedral of Merida is quite imposing and is beautiful both inside and out.
  • January 18, 2017
    Amazing, the park across the street let you relax while looking at this beautiful cathedral.

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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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