The current building of La Merced Church dates back to the 18th century, and is one of the few churches that have survived the earthquakes that have devastated the city since

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Iglesia de La Merced, Antigua

The current building of La Merced Church dates back to the 18th century, and is one of the few churches that have survived the earthquakes that have devastated the city since.

The current building of La Merced Church dates back to the 18th century, and is one of the few churches that have survived the earthquakes that have devastated the city since. It has been restored to maintain its original look.

One of the prettiest churches in Antigua Guatemala, it has a Baroque façade covered in Autarique stucco and painted with white and yellow lime. The central niche has a statue of Virgin Mary, while at the top is the statue of San Pedro Nolasco who founded the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, topped by the crest of the order and flanked by two Mercedarians. The façade is flanked by two bell towers.

Inside La Merced are the images of Jesus Nazareno - an antique baroque sculpture, Virgen de Dolores, and Virgin de Fatima. La Merced is well known for the processions that start here during Semana Santa, the Holy Week, during which these revered images are paraded through the city streets.


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About Iglesia de La Merced

 6a Avenida Norte, Antigua, Guatemala

Iglesia de La Merced and Nearby Sights on Map

Arco de Santa Catalina

The iconic Santa Catalina Arch is one of Antigua Guatemala’s best known landmarks, and provides a striking orange-yellow setting on 5th Avenue North for the smoking Volcan de Agua in the background

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The Colegio de San Jeronimo was a secondary school staffed by the Friars of La Merced from 1757 to 1761, and subsequently became the Royal Customs and then Spanish militia barracks

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