La Merced Church is a baroque church in Antigua Guatemala.
The Mercedarians were the first to establish a male monastery at the former Santiago de Guatemala. The cross in stone at the atrium and the rooms behind the main altar are the oldest structures in La Merced and date from the seventeenth century. In 1749 Juan de Dios Estrada was commissioned with the construction of the luxurious sanctuary and cloister. He erected a building of low height designed to withstand earthquakes based on the experiences of the tremor of 1751. Arches and columns are wider to cope with the quakes. It was opened in 1767.
carl tabor | Apr 3, 2018
Nice looking church! The semana Santa procession starts here. So it gets super duper crowded with vendors, tourists, locals, tv crews during that week. Great food deals. We got tamales for Q5. And some fancy no-sting honey.
Sheereen Syed | Feb 7, 2018
It's a beautiful church right being the Catalina arch and definitely worth the visit. Like the exterior, the inside of the church is also beautiful.
Gerardino Illescas | Oct 30, 2017
This is one of those must see places at Antigua, even if you're not a Catholic. There are food vendors outside in the church's park, great place to taste Guatemalan typical cuisine. These vendors are mostly seasonal, and mostly operate in the afternoon and night so don't get disappointed if you don't find them.
Sandra M | Sep 19, 2017
Very beautiful church, inside and out. You cannot help by being moved once inside. Architecturally beautiful as well. A must see.
Desmond Hui | Dec 18, 2017
Beautiful church at both day and night.
Bryan Hermans | Jun 9, 2018
This is not just an archtectually magnificent church building that has been restored, it is an active, functioning church central to the old city of Antigua. If you never see it, you will hear it. It's bell ring out through the day announcing every parochial thing. Vendors set up booths in the park grounds by it. They also let you tour part of the Monastery that was largely destroyed in an earthquake.
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