"THE CATHEDRAL ON THE SQUARE" Top 5 Page for this destination Mérida Things to Do Tip by Sandi-2004

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This is the oldest cathedral in continental America, begun shortly after the Spanish established Mérida in 1542 and finished in 1598. In 300 B.C. the Mayans first established the area where Merida's Cathedral and Square now stand. When the Spanish arrived, they destroyed the Mayan buildings and used the stones to build the cathedral. Three arched doors lead to a soaring interior. When you click to enlarge this photo, you will see how tiny the people look compared to the size of this building.

Each time that we were downtown on the square, it was full of Mexican people and some were happy to talk to us and tell us about the importance of the buildings there.

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2004
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