Merida Cathedral, Merida

4.5
Completed in 1598, Merida Cathedral is one of the oldest in the Americas. Built on the site of a former Mayan temple, using some of the old stones from the ruins, the solemn building features an austere interior, most of its decorations destroyed in the Mexican Revolution. Inside, you can view a tall birchwood crucifix and a painting of Tutul Xiu, an indigenous chief who converted to Christianity and whose descendants still inhabit the area. Discover how to plan a Merida trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • San Ildefonso Cathedral looks almost as much like a fortress than a cahedral, but then it has had to serve both functions over the last 500 years or so. It's well worth coming here to look at the...  more »
  • The cathedral is nice and centrally located. The impression was not excellent because it was nice but nothing special to remember  more »
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  • This church sits in front of one of the main squares of Merida, the site of all kinds of social events. While I was here I saw a game of pok-ta-pok, which is like ancient Mayan basketball. Only the ball is on fire. Pretty fun stuff.
  • Amazing architecture and atmosphere, very humble interior If you compare it to the cathedrals in Europe

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