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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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