La Merced Church is a baroque church in Antigua Guatemala. The Mercedarians were the first to establish a male monastery at the former Santiago de Guatemala. In 1749 Juan de Dios Estrada was commissioned with the construction of the luxurious sanctuary and cloister. He erected a building of low height designed to withstand earthquakes based on the experiences of the tremor of 1751. Arches and columns are wider to cope with the quakes. It was opened in 1767.
The facade in barroque style is flanked by two bell towers of low height. On top looms the effigy of San Pedro Nolasco who foundend the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercyin the thirteenth century. He is flanked by two Mercedaries and the crest of the order. The effigy of Our Lady of Mercedes is situated in the central niche of the facade. She is flanked to the left by the effigies of San Raymundo Nonnatus and San Pedro Arinengol (with a rope indicating his martyrdom because of being hanged) and to the right side by the Mercedary bishop San Pedro Pascual as well as the first Mercedary nun, Santa Maria de Cervellón.
A big sigh of relief to let myself know I don’t need to have everything figured out and it’s ok for people not to like you. (Why I spent 25 years hoping everyone I met “ liked “me is sort of the epitome of mental turmoil) Thankful every day that I can dance, for legs and arms that work, and my soul that feels. #move#lyricaldancer#lyricaldance#freedom#hopeful#solotraveler Also this song changed my life @blobtower#8circle
I think the polar regions, here, is the only place in the world where I can get lost in my own mind and find inner peace or silence... despite my love for diving and the sea. Before you sleep tonight, send someone a message, a letter, reassure them of your love or your friendship. Or, simply, say hello to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while because you don’t remember anymore why... or someone you have not appreciated enough. Use this space to be honest with them right now, and be the reason someone smiles 💫
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I don’t have everything figured out and I don’t want to. But this I know, sleeping in a seaside glass room on a frozen sea in Finland in Kemi at @visitkemi is, me falling in love with my world over and over again.
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🌎 Bagan, Myanmar
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In my defense,
the moon was full
and I was left unsupervised 🤪
This was one of my favorite solo trips last year. I visited the countryside in Switzerland (a dream come true for me), set up my tripod in precarious places and took some fun “selfie” shots. I get a lot of emails asking for my suggestions on the best places to travel, so I’ve added this photo (with the exact location) along with tons of my favorite travel destinations into my most recent @trover list to help you with your 2018 vacation planning!
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