Iglesia de La Merced, Antigua

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See a fine example of colonial architecture and a storied place of worship at Iglesia de La Merced, a baroque church. Built on the site of a monastery established in 1548, but repeatedly damaged by earthquakes, the church was built as it appears today in 1767, as a squat structure designed to withstand tremors. The intricate facade displays a distinctly baroque style, with ornamental elements set in relief, and providing white highlights against the yellow of the main walls. The church's courtyard features a vast stone fountain, said by some to be the largest in Central America. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Iglesia de La Merced and many more Antigua attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Antigua day trip planning tool.
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  • this old church is beautiful but really shines at night. it presents some pretty good opportunities to take some remarkable pictures, too bad we couldnt get inside it. 
    this old church is beautiful but really shines at night. it presents some pretty good opportunities to take some remarkable pictures, too bad we couldnt get inside it.  more »
  • Every trip to Antigua I make a stop at this church. Having watched it over the years come back to life has been nice. I look forward to stopping here every trip. 
    Every trip to Antigua I make a stop at this church. Having watched it over the years come back to life has been nice. I look forward to stopping here every trip.  more »
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  • One of the most important and iconic church in Antigua. You can also visit the ruins to take good pictures.
  • The Iglesia de la Merced isn't something you can miss in Antigua. It noisily reminds you that it's there throughout the day and throughout the early darkness of Sunday. And on some days of particular church interest, there are endless bombs and rockets made to explode here. This church is every bit a city square. People arrive here early to mill or set up shop. On weekends especially the yard of the church is a flea market with refreshments

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