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All about Iglesia de Itzimná in Mérida, Mexico

Updated: April 6, 2024

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Iglesia de Itzimná, built in 1752 as a temple to the Mayan god Itzimna, is now a Catholic church with Franciscan architecture. Iglesia de Itzimná in Mérida, Mexico is about 1.8km away from Casa Loltún. It is located in the city center of Mérida. You walk a bit longer, but you can easily get there on foot.

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Address:

Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro - Iglesia de Itzimná, Calle 18 92, Itzimná, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexiko

Website:

Category:

Parks and Churches

Phone:

+52 999 926 2231

Distance:

1.8km from Casa Loltún

Travel Time:

Within the city

Admission:

No entry fee

Price Level:

-

Since:

1710

Google Rating:

average rating is 4.8 out of 5, based on 187 votes, Ratings

Opening Hours:

-

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Iglesia de Itzimná

Iglesia de Itzimná is located in the Parque de Itzimná and is dedicated to "Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro" (Our Lady of Perpetual Help). The Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, is venerated.


In 1572, first a small chapel was built and in 1710 the church Iglesia de Itzimná was built in its place. It is now a Roman Catholic church and features Franciscan architecture.


The original about 500 years old baptismal font of the first chapel is still preserved today. The red exterior of the church is appropriately very plain, and also the white walls inside the church have little decoration.


The god Itzamná


In pre-Hispanic times, there was a ceremonial center, where the Mayan god Itzamná was worshipped (hence the name of today's neighborhood). In Mayan mythology, the god Itzamná is a upper god and a creator deity who resides in heaven.


Itzamná is one of the most important gods in the pantheon of the Classic and Postclassic Maya. However, the Mayan sanctuary (and much of the area) was destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors (like many other places).


Itzimná neighborhood

The Itzimná district has great historical significance and is considered one of the most beautiful of Mérida. With its modern townhouses and old neoclassical-style villas, it is one of the most populous in Mérida.


It is also the most active Catholic community in the diocese of Yucatán. A little less well known and off the beaten path in Mérida, the area has a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere.


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