The design of this beautiful cathedral was inspired by the Toledo Cathedral in Spain. The building was begun in 1805 but then underwent mishap after mishap, such as the earthquakes of 1812 and 1894, the War of Independence, and successive internal political struggles. In the end, the devout people of Merida had to wait until 1958 before work were completed. In 1960 it was consecrated to the Immaculate Conception, and in 1991 declared a Minor Basilica. In addition to the impressive architecture, the murals, Canon's choir, and the image of the Virgin of the Apple carved in stone are all well worth your attention.
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