This is a beautiful church to visit - the outside architectural detail is incredible (the color is a buttery yellow with bright white accents). The inside almost looks like a completely different architectural style with more of the earth elements of concrete, greenery and flowers. The beautiful central fountain is viewed best from above on the second floor (you can take the stairs up easily). This site does a good job with signs to help guide you for what to look at and notable areas. Keep an eye out for the beautiful detailing in the ruins. Around the windows, for example, you can see the floral scrolls.
The key with La Merced, though, is to be patient and avoid the huge tour groups. For example, if they are downstairs at the fountain, an option would be to go upstairs and see the lovely views of the hills and sky. Then, when the tour groups leave the fountain and are heading upstairs, take that opportunity to snap your photos looking down on the fountain before the next group arrives. Timing is everything here.
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