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Catedral de San Ildefonso - Historical Building Merida - Mexico

The Door of Forgiveness leads into the first cathedral completed in the Americas, which is dedicated to San Ildefonso of Toledo. Construction began in 1562 on this sober, Renaissance-style house of worship. If the interior seems sparsely decorated it is because anti-church vigilantes ransacked the cathedral in 1915, destroying its 18th century gilded altar and the chapels dedicated to St. Joseph and the Rosary. You can still visit the chapels on the north side, including the one containing the much-beloved Christ of the Blisters.

Merida, Mexico

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Getting There
On the Zocalo at Calles 60, between Calles 60 and 61, Historic Center

Price Description: Free

Open Hours from:Open Daily

Offers Religious services

Here are other activities in and around Merida that may be of interest: Merida Palacio de Gobierno (State Capitol Building) , Casa de Montejo (House of Montejo) , Teatro Peón Contreras (Peón Contreras Theater) , Merida Palacio Municipal (City Hall), Universidad de Yucatán (Autonomous University of Yucatán) and Iglesia de Jesus (Church of Jesus of the Third Order) .

By George Nunes
Mayan archeology and culture are my passion and I've visited over 20 sites so far. My career path has encompassed being a professional dancer and...
05 Mar 2010

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