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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: Monasterio de San Francisco, La Compañía, Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral), Iglesia San Diego, Palacio del Gobierno, La Basílica del Voto Nacional, Hotel Plaza Grande (formerly Majestic Hotel), Iglesia San Roque, Iglesia de Santa Bárbara and Iglesia San Marcos.

24 Jan 2013

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