"La Merced" Nuestra Señora de la Merced Tip by bellatrix

  La Merced, Antigua
by bellatrix

The Iglesia y Convento de Nuestra Señora de La Merced is Antigua?s most striking colonial church. La Merced?s construction began in 1548. Improvements continued until 1717, when the church was ruined by earthquakes. Reconstruction was completed in 1767, but in 1773 earthquake struck again and the convent was destroyed. Repairs to the church were made from 1850 to 1855; its baroque façade dates from this period. Inside the ruins is a fountain 27m in diameter - said to be the largest in Central America. Admission to the convent costs US$0.25 and is well worth it.

Address: 1 Calle Poniente and 6 Av. Norte
Directions: From the Parque Central, walk three long blocks up 5a Avenida Norte, passing beneath the Arco de Santa Catarina. At the north end of 5a Avenida is La Merced.

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  • Written Apr 18, 2003
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