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Merida Cathedral, Merida

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Must see · Religious Site · Historic Site
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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  • The Cathedral was stunning - I can’t imagine visiting Merida without stopping here. When we travel, we like to say hello to Jesus and meet believers from other countries. The people here were...  more »
  • Except for its front view being obscured by the trees along the east side of the city's "main plaza" (especially for a nice photo-op with "this cathedral & the colorful city sign" from near that sign....  more »
  • 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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