La Merced Church and Monastery--page 2 (of three pages)

Juan de Dios Estrada
1749; inauguration 1773

Details showing the ornate plasterwork, called "ataurique"


Putti standing above the capitals holding ropes of fruit?

The spiral designs in plaster give the effect of Solomonic capitals, also characteristic of Spanish Baroque.

The dome with ceramic lions punctuating the tops of capitals


The cloister

At the center of the ruined cloister is the Fuente de Peces, the largest fountain in the city and said to be the largest in Latin America. The perimeter almost occupies the entire cloister. Supposedly it is constructed in the shape of a water lily, and the middle column with its bowl is about twenty feet high.

The current fountain

Work consulted or Cited:
Elizabeth Bell. Antigua Guatemala: The City and its Heritage. Guatemala: Textos y Formas Impresas, 1999.

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