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Iglesia de La Merced

Antigua, Guatemala
502 7832 0559
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Destroyed twice by earthquakes, this 1548 church was rebuilt in the 1700s to withstand earthquakes and boasts a lovely yellow façade and a huge stone fountain, reputed to be the largest in Central America.
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  • Poor1%
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“old church” (21 reviews)
Antigua, Guatemala
502 7832 0559
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

This is a truly beautiful church, which is located just a few (easily walked) blocks from downtown. There are usually street vendors selling wonderfully tasty local treats in the park outside! The only thing I wish, is that they didn't allow cars to park right...More

Thank Todd G
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Definitely have a quick look inside as the architecture is beautiful. We also enjoyed the cheap, yummy street food outside and talking to some of the local woman that sell crafts.

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This is clearly one of the most beautiful churches you will encounter - not only in Antigua but anywhere.

Thank Brad H
Reviewed 20 July 2017

It's one of the many churches, nothing special, but just by this valuable. Small orgel and colourful rich altars.

Thank Leon W
Reviewed 6 July 2017

I'm not Catholic, not even Christian, but no one could deny the craftsmanship, and detailed architecture of this church. The park in front is a nice place to relax, and at night, there are a vendors of street food. You can get a decent meal...More

1  Thank Ashley E
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Very photogenic church (cover photo for LP Guatemala), worth visiting the monastery next door (fee applies) also very photogenic. Once you are in this northern part of the city it is also an easy and worthwhile stroll into the neighbouring Jocotenango which has its own...More

Thank reins76
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

I was excited to see the ruins and even thought I was getting into see something special after paying the entrance fee, but it was not what I expected. There were no "recreations" of original rooms. There was not much there. There is a main...More

Thank Pattyj123
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Stunning and calm. Quaint place and outside market available too to see. A must see in the small city of Guatemala.

Thank Alexandra C
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

A really wonderful church to visit. Alongside a square it has a fascinating history. If possible visit with a quide

Thank david y
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

The La Merced Church in Antigua is absolutely beautiful. Like most of the Jesuit Baraque Churches in central and South America it is stunningly intricate and ornate both inside and out. The facade is a stunning and vibrant yellow with beautiful white decorative embellishments and...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
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Carrie H
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Response from luke47 | Reviewed this property |
The indoor market is named Nim Pot. It was once a movie theater. It is next to Frida'a Mexican Restaurant. You cannot bargain in there, but prices are reasonable.