Ruins were just so-so. Went to photograph it at night, but only the right side was lit up. Very pretty, functioning church.
Antigua's not really about any great individual architectural features, Antigua is about strolling the streets of a historic colonial town and soaking the place up as a whole. La Merced would go almost unnoticed in many other locations, but if you're looking for a few individual places you should visit whilst here, La Merced is one of them. The church... More
Weekends are filled with local vendors in front. Nice peaceful little area to hangout and rest. Nice place, a little bit away from el parque central so you get away from some of the tourists at least.
I almost skipped this because I didn't realize that in addition to the current functioning church there is also a ruined courtyard which was beautiful. Best part is climbing up to the second floor balcony area which offered gorgeous views of Antigua.
We have visited La Merced many times in the last two years. We have formed friendships with some of the vendors (who remember us and treat us with great hospitality). The prices are reasonable; although I have been told they are higher here than in other Guatemalan Markets.
Fantastic baroque stylings on the outside. Inside is plainer but with some interesting religious artifacts (in the slightly lurid Latin-American style). Very much a functioning church -- if you want to attend a Sunday service, arrive early, because it gets packed.
Visit La Merced on Saturday morning for mass good pictures and great food just a few steps from the front doors. Please try the food its yummy.
Very nice church with amazing decoration on the outside. There is a museum too, next to the church, there is a small entrance fee. There is a fact taking place every last Thursday of every month, it was interesting too.
I only went into the monastery side but the view is great from second floor and make sure you get a close up photo of the angels on the cool fountains. So many yellow churches so make sure this is the correct one!!! If you walk towards the yellow arch down the side street you will come to Tim pok... More
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