Iglesia las Mercedes

Iglesia y Convento de las Mercedes / The Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy

This church is the works of Rodrigo de Liendo. Construction began in 1549 and finished in 1555. It was known as one of the most distinguished temples in the Indies. This is one of the most loved temples by the Dominican people. They come here to pray to the Virgen de las Mercedes.

Iglesia y Convento de las Mercedes as seen from Calle Las Mercedes

Originally built as a gothic type temple,

with a baroque altar and lateral ornamentations of silver. It also included several smaller chapels.

Door of the Iglesia y Convento de las Mercedes

The church underwent several changes and remodeling. In 1635 two gothic arcs were added to enhance the dome ceiling. A bell tower was also added to the structure. In 1910 the back part of the church was changed into a convent.

Iglesia y Convento de las Mercedes

The building could not stand up to the earthquakes so the walls were strengthened which, in turn, made the building lose much of its original gothic splendor.

Iglesia y Convento de las Mercedes

Directions

: From Calle el Conde turn north onto Calle Jose Reyes. Walk 2 blocks and turn left onto Calle Mercedes.

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