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La Merced Church, Quito

Its facade is very attractive for the gates carved in stone. In the main altar you can see the Tabernacle and the image of the Virgen de las Mercedes. It also highlights the square and English clock located at the top of the dome. One of the biggest attractions that encloses this structure is whether colonial library, considered an American treasure for their beauty, for the historical value of the books you save, some dating from the XVI century. The convent has a yard of 29 feet square, enclosed by galleries on two floors. In the center is a fountain crowned by King Neptune, surrounded by dolphins.

Data of interest

  • City: Quito
  • Sector:Historical Center
  • Dirección:Cuenca and Mejia
  • Schedule:Monday to Friday
  • Cost of revenue:-

 

 

Information of La Merced Church

The La Merced church XVI century. Due to the earthquakes of the eighteenth century, the original structure had to be modified and rebuilt, and caused serious damage to the building of the temple.

Due to the earthquakes of the eighteenth century, the original structure had to be modified and rebuilt, and caused serious damage to the building of the temple. Inside the Church is reflected in the paintings on canvas art painting of the artist Victor Mideros, who pointed out to them on religious subjects. In the tower of the church is a black moon English clock, made in 1817 and installed in 1820. The cloister of Mercy was not changed in its appearance, as it still retains the brickwork.

Its tower of 47 meters is the highest in the historic center of Quito. It is considered as one of the last churches built in the colonial period.

When entering the sanctuary you can see several pictures, among which we highlight two canvases depicting miracles of the Virgin of Mercy, in whose honor the temple stood in the sixteenth century. In one of the paintings can be seen when the Virgin protects the inhabitants of Quito of an earthquake. In another, when quenching the eruption of a volcano. So its devotees say it is the protector of natural disasters.

Each year in honor of the Virgen de la Merced procession takes place in various neighborhoods of Quito. From 15 to 23 the image of the Virgin, visit the neighborhoods of La Tola, San Juan, La Libertad, The Bread, The Hive, Toctiuco, Chimbacalle, and onions, and ends with a final procession through the streets of the Historic Center. This ritual has a history as old as the order mercedaria, originally from Spain and one of the oldest in Quito.

Iglesia La Merced

 

Map La Merced Church, Quito Ecuador

Quito, La Merced church

 

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