La Merced Convent 

 

Plaza de Colón, s/n 

 

Hours: 

Monday to Saturday: 9-14H, 17-20H. 

Sunday: 9-14H. 

 

The La Merced Convent was founded in the 13th century and the church was redesigned between 1716 and 1745. The façade is Baroque and has three parts. On top of the triangular pediment is the sculpture of San Rafael. The second part of the façade has a niche with the figure of Nuestra Señora de la Merced. The courtyard outside is Baroque and the one inside is Renaissance. Christopher Columbus stayed in the convent while he waited for the Catholic Kings to see him. The church follows the Latin cross plan and has three naves and a crossing. The church is decorated with polychromed medallions with the figures of saints. The artwork that the convent has includes paintings by Cobo de Guzman and a Christ from the 14th century. Today the Diputacion Provincial occupies the palace. In 1960 the convent was remodeled by the architect Rafael de la Hoz Arderius. In 1978 the church was set on fire by a demented man, and this destroyed the main retable. The retable was made in 1770 by Alonso Gomez de Sandoval. Today the retable is being restored. The convent was declared a Monument of Cultural Interest in 2008.