Iglesia de La Merced 3.5 rating

  Cultural Attractions

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.



About Iglesia de La Merced

 6a Avenida Norte, Antigua, Guatemala

Iglesia de La Merced and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo(0.8 km)
Casa Santo Domingo on the grounds of the Santo Domingo Monastery was once home to the order of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, but today is a hotel with museums and a chapel.

Arco de Santa Catalina

Arco de Santa Catalina(0 km)
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.

Parque Central

Parque Central(0.4 km)
Parque Central is the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Antigua Guatemala, the central square with historical buildings, shops and restaurants where locals and tourists descend for fun and entertainment.

Antigua Guatemala Cathedral

Antigua Guatemala Cathedral(0.5 km)
The Saint Joseph Cathedral, better known as the Antigua Guatemala Cathedral, is a 16th century church that was one of the largest in Central America during its heyday.

ChocoMuseo Antigua

ChocoMuseo Antigua(0.6 km)
Learn about the history of cacao and chocolate, and how chocolate is made from the beans at the ChocoMuseo.

Cerro de la Cruz

Cerro de la Cruz(0.7 km)
The Hill of the Cross is at the north end of the city, and offers great views over the city.

Colegio de San Jeronimo

Colegio de San Jeronimo(0.2 km)
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.

Convento de las Capuchinas

Convento de las Capuchinas(0.5 km)
Formally known as the 'Convento e Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza' (Convent and Church of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza), the Convento de las Capuchinas is an 18th century convent designed by Diego de Porres that was the last one to be built in the city.

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