Saint Ildephonsus Cathedral

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The Saint Ildephonsus Cathedral, also called the Mérida Cathedral, is one of only two cathedrals in the Americas to be completed in the 16th century! Construction on this magnificent cathedral begin in 1561, nearly two decades after the city of Mérida was founded. It is located in an ancient Maya city, and stones from pre-existing temples were repurposed to create the holy site. Finally established in 1598, the Catedral de San Ildefonso features opulent columns, arched ceilings, and a 7.62-meter (25-foot) crucifix, giving it an air of grandeur. Also a fixture of the city center, this cathedral is definitely worth a visit next time you're in town.

Location:  61 y 57A Calle 60, Plaza Grande

Business hours:  Mo-Su 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.