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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 underline in the title wants to go straight to the heart of this Cathedral, a cathedral, the Church of San Idelfonso built between 1561 and 1598 and the oldest on the continent, which stands out for its great hospitality to the most marginalized children. Arriving in fact one is almost shocked by the presence of the city's most desperate placed against the edge of the entrance of the great Church, sick, poor, homeless all of deafening intensity. The evening mass is not dropped for them also shouted presence, during the day in the main nave silence seems more protagonist to remind visitors to have been built over the previous Cathedral of Saint Mary of Jerusalem and then post as head of the diocese with the Bull of Pope John Paul II in 1994. In very simple church built with stones from the ruins of Mayan temples there are three naves, the Central and two smaller side, where you can admire beautiful works of art of great value including, in a chapel to the left of the altar, that the city's most important religious: "the Christ of the blisters.
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  • This cathredal is a must see when in Merida. It's on the main square so you can't miss it. Take the time to learn the history. It was built on the site of Mayan ruins using stone carved by the Mayans....  more »
  • in this city breathes peace and quiet as when you enter this Cathedral, the person who explained the history of this Cathedral was very friendly, worker of this place
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  • Beautiful church one of the oldest in North America
  • This cathedral is stunningly beautiful and has amazing acoustic qualities. A fantastic place for choral music.
  • I took a cruise to here from the port of new orleans. I thought it was gorgeous. Beautiful exterior and very touching interior. I enjoyed it very much.
  • Beautiful architecture!
  • Nice !