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Iglesia de La Merced - Historical Building Quito - Ecuador

With its plain white exterior, handsome bell tower (the highest in colonial Quito) and tiled domes, the church of La Merced is a good example of the Moorish influences in Spanish architecture in the late 18th century, and is a pleasure to stumble upon while exploring the backstreets of the Centro Histórico. The rather conservative-looking exterior, however, does little to prepare you for what is inside; a sea of pink and white plasterwork covering every surface provides the backdrop for surely some of the most imaginative and dramatic paintings in Quito, while bleeding, neon-lit Jesus statues occupy shiny gold-sided chapels around the edge. Not to everyone’s taste, but certainly worth a look if you’re passing by.


Ca. Chile and Cuenca

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Historical Building

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Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Saturday noon and 5:30 p.m., Sunday noon and 6 p.m.

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: Iglesia San Marcos, Hotel Plaza Grande (formerly Majestic Hotel), Palacio del Gobierno, Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral), Iglesia San Diego, Iglesia de Santa Bárbara , Monasterio de San Francisco, La Compañía, San Agustín - Museum and Monastery and El Palacio Arzobispal (The Archbishop's Palace).

24 Jan 2013

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