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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  • Famous for being the first Cathedral built by the Spaniards with the remains of the buildings of the ancient maya ceremonial center of T 'Ho' (or T 'Jo', according to the most recent linguistic norm), the Cathedral houses one of the most emblematic works of sacred art of the new Spain: the Christ of the blisters. In addition, its walls hung pictures that the tradition has remained in the hands of a State Government official. Its façade can be seen in the film "La Casta Divina" (Mexico, 1977), that Julián Pastor recounts the exploitation to which the original inhabitants of these lands were subjected by the greed of the landowners henequen. All an experience, in the end, both historical and aesthetic.
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  • We went to this site and loved it. It was on a tour and we were amazed on how beautiful this site was. I recommend going  more »
  • It has its charm, I love churches, but this has a special charm. Visited it a Sunday night, in front a gastronomic fair, crowded with dances on the track (close nearby)
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  • Beautiful building, worth visiting, however you should be aware of people outside trying to get you to visit markets or shops as they will try to rip you off!
  • Beautiful cathedral. Oldest in Latin America. Very beautiful on the outside and the inside. Worth the visit.
  • Beautiful historic building. Center of cultural life.
  • It was a unique experience being physically there and attending Mass. A wonderful and must visit Cathedral ,
  • A must stop for anyone passing through Merida. Take the time to be still here and then walk around to be blown away.
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