Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Merced

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Merced

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Merced
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Located in Quito’s historical neighborhood, this small and cozy church was built during the 16th century by the priests of La Merced.
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
The church offers an incredible interior of golden ornaments and paint that covers the church. Here they also offer many beautiful pieces or art.
Written February 1, 2019
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,599 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Not our favorite church in Quito, but still definitely really beautiful. The complete white exterior design combined with the beautiful inside architecture, gives this place such charming character.
Written January 22, 2021
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ANTHONY T
7 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
The Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy, is a Catholic temple located in the Historical Center of the city of Quito, capital of Ecuador. It constitutes the first church and main headquarters of the Order mercedaria in the country, and for that reason carries the title of Basilica.

The building, of white color, has five domes, a square tower and is decorated with inscriptions Incas and Arabs. Construction began in 1701, the tower was completed in 1736 and the basilica was consecrated in 1747.

In its vaults rest, among other illustrious personages, the following:

Isabel de Santiago, outstanding painter of the seventeenth century.
Juan Pío de Monuffar and Frasso, first Marquis of Selva Alegre and 22nd President of Quito.
Rosa de Larrea-Zurbano and Santa Coloma, first marquesa consorte of Selva Alegre.

Jacinto Sánchez de Orellana, second Marquis of Villa de Orellana and mayor of the colonial Cabildo of Quito.
Isidoro Barriga, hero of South American independence and second husband of the Marquesa de Solanda.
Written March 14, 2017
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LaMercedCorazon
Annapolis, MD37 contributions
Take time to properly explore this lovely church. Ask a local to explain the artwork to get the inside feel for what the city was like back in the day.
Written January 10, 2015
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Nyleve Z
Quito, Ecuador82 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
I loved loved it but it depends on tastes , I loved it because it is all golden inside , the people in there have so much faith it is very interesting to go inside during mass . I went with my family we took a couple of pictures this is my favorite after La Compania I even like it more I think ,you can take pictures inside of it it is big , free , not crowded .
Buy a candle outside for a quarter and offer and ask for something inside I really loved it .
Please check schedules before going and be careful with your stuff , outside of the church you can find a clothe and fantasy jewelry markets , things are really cheap around but be careful !!!
This is in the downtown area just a block from the principal square :) >
Another recommendation go in the morning , if possible call first to Quito Eterno they make dramatizations in there in English , totally worth it!! (http://www.quitoeterno.org/cgi-bin/wd)
Written December 22, 2014
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gestrada
Quito, Ecuador19 contributions
Dec 2011
excellent restoration work of the surrounding plaza and buildings, please update the photo on Trip advisor since this one corresponds to Basilica del Voto Nacional, not La Merced... both in Quito
Written April 5, 2012
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,383 contributions
Dec 2021
The Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy (La Merced) is a Catholic church and is the first church and main seat of the Mercedarian Order in the country, and for this reason it bears the title of Basilica .

The white building has five domes, a square tower and is decorated with Inca and Arabic inscriptions . Construction began in 1701, the tower was completed in 1736, and the basilica was consecrated in 1747.

It maintains one of the most important historical libraries in the city, both for its content and its state of conservation. The Merced library is spread over two floors of the north wing of the Convent and has access through the lower floor, as well as the upper one. Bookcases cover the walls of the two floors and are connected inside by an ornate spiral staircase carved in wood. 22,000 volumes and more than 40,000 bibliographic records are in the collection. I was unable to see the library as it was closed.

The La Merced Library Conservation Project was funded by the Getty Conservation Institute and cost approximately one million dollars in renovation dollars.
Written January 12, 2022
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Thecatsmum4
Kettering, UK2,234 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
From being rather plain outside, this is very ornate inside. The plasterwork was excellent all over the walls and ceiling. Unfortunately it was a Sunday and a service was in progress so unable to take photographs, which I would have loved to have done. Well worth a visit.
Written March 5, 2019
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gary c
Carolina, Puerto Rico14,015 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
Basilica La Merced – This was my guide’s church….it’s unbelievable on the inside…simply stunning!!!!!!! They also have monkey faces on the east side of the church adorning the hand rail…the inside is gorgeous…I took picture after picture and lots of videos…hard to believe the grandeur!!!!!!
Written February 10, 2019
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EC170608
Vacaville, CA308 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
All the many times I've wandered about Quito this church has been closed.

This visit I noticed it was open so my wife and I stopped in. With all the beautiful churches in Quito, it's hard to rank this one other than it's amazing. If you are passing by and notice it's open, take the time to visit.

Note: The person that knocked a hole in one of the oil paintings should be "insert appropriate punishment here".
Written May 21, 2018
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