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Merida Cathedral, Merida

(4.4/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Absolutely beautiful. Only 5 big blocks from our hotel but worth the walk! A great park across the street too. Find the Merida sign and get your photo taken in front of it! Fun!  more »
  • A springtime visit with lots of heat. The doorways were being remodeled and bird wire was hanging at the entrances. This church is well used yet still pleasing to the eye  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral. Always seems to be busy. Simple compared to some I have been in other places. Def recommend visiting at any time. There is some people that try and give you additional history and...  more »
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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 !