La Merced Church, Guatemala City

La Merced Church, Guatemala City

La Merced Church is a Catholic temple in Guatemala City. This Baroque-style building has one of the most ornate facades of any Catholic church in Guatemala City, beautifully decorated with religious art and relics.

The church was built in 1540 by the La Merced Order. It was taken over by Jesuits in the early 19th century.

Many of the pieces of art inside the building were brought from the more famous La Merced Church in Antigua Guatemala after it was damaged by earthquakes. Artworks consist of carvings, sculptures, paintings, and statues.

It is worth stopping by the church when it is open to see the interior, which is just as stunning as the building's facade. The church is open from Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM with a two-hour closure from noon to 2 PM. It is open on Fridays from 9 AM to noon.

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La Merced Church on Map

Sight Name: La Merced Church
Sight Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala (See walking tours in Guatemala City)
Sight Type: Religious
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