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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  • My first time at the cathedral happened to coincide with a marriage ceremony and I was invited to join the gathering if I wished (the other option would have been to just wander about towards the...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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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