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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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“old church” (19 reviews)
Antigua, Guatemala
502 7832 0559
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is well worth visiting for its beautiful interior and also because in the back there is a pleasant tour where they explain there were rooms for the priests, as well as date their destruction by earthquakes in the area; Antigua is a very vulnerable...More

Thank Roberto A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of cultural things to see in this church, and the market outside is very interesting. Our guide showed us all through the building and the flowers were marvelous.

Thank Leebda
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The scroll work on the front of the church contrasting in white looks amazing! The sculptures were lovely. We saw the Semana Santa procession into the church and were floored (we had seen some in Guatemala City) by how large it was. Also the narrative...More

Thank newyorkseestheworld
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This church is an important part of Antigua's religious life. Many processions start there and, on weekend, the plaza in front of it fills with food merchants and is a poular place for the indigenous Guatemalan who come church and then sit with friends and...More

Thank Globleg
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The preserved frontage of this earthquake damaged church is lovely. Internally it is a delight. It's such a shame that the building has been damaged by earthquakes and the local economy doesn't allow for major investment. Nonetheless this makes for a very worthwhile visit.

Thank Geoff M
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Te Church as one of the biggest and one of the most interesting buildings together with the older historical center of the city Antigua form a complex unit of glorious colonial hisory of Guatemala as its best ! The town served as the capital of...More

Thank HelsinkiKallio
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Carrie H
HI, I saw you posted about a market called Tim pok. I remember going to a market near Inglesa de Merced and I'm wondering if that maybe the name of the market I'm looking for. I remember that the building was redish-orange and that you'd enter from the left hand side up a ramp and into a building. Does any of that sound like what you remember? Thanks Carrie
29 November 2016|
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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.