La Merced, Guatemala City

#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Guatemala City
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Visit La Merced, a Baroque-style church with a captivating yellow facade, and an even more exciting interior. Built between 1780 and 1813, the church should not be confused with its sister church in Antigua, although it now holds many of the Antiguan church's artworks due to damage done by an earthquake. The gold-coated central altar captures your attention upon entering, with lavishly decorated sculptures of saints embossed in gold and silver, and an extensive collection of art and relics also worthy of attention. The silver-plated altarpiece of San Judas Tadeo, frequently visited by pilgrims, stands out as the collection's highlight. PutLa Merced into our Guatemala City travel route builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We came to Zone 1 on our own to walk around. From the Central Park / Plaza, La Merced is about a 5 minute walk. It is outside the Pedestrian Zone. The inside was well decorated with Christmas...  more »
  • What an amazing church with all its history. I was so impressed with the church and its art and its customs.  more »

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