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La Merced Church (Iglesia de la Merced)

Calle Chile at Calle Cuenca, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Be Respectful

This is a beautiful place, and while I'm not Catholic, I felt moved. The structure is beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Timothy T
South America
Another jewel in Quito old town

There are many great churches in Quito old town and while many have similar styles, all of them... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Ricardo B
London, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“square tower” (2 reviews)
“old town” (4 reviews)
“inscriptions” (2 reviews)
Calle Chile at Calle Cuenca, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place, and while I'm not Catholic, I felt moved. The structure is beautiful and very early in the morning the people that live here go to pray. Put some money in the donation box near the door.

Thank Timothy T
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

There are many great churches in Quito old town and while many have similar styles, all of them have their own peculiarities. We visit this one in the middle of mass and you could feel a great sense of spirituality within the smoke golden leaf....More

Thank Ricardo B
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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...More

Reviewed 5 February 2017

Another huge restored church. La Merced is in the same street as San Francisco. We did not go insjde as we had seen so many beautiful old churches already.

Thank croftonMelbourne
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Small but historical church in Old Town. Open early and free for a look around. A nice stop through as you are walking around Old Town area.

Thank Laura L
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I just wandered why Catholic churches here in Quito are closed during the day. This church is not an exception - it was closed during my visit. I just took pictures outside and hope that it would finally open before I leave Quito.

Thank LolaGo1
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is a beautiful, functioning church. Plenty of vendors outside selling to locals and tourists alike. Good for crowd watching.

Thank Fred G
Reviewed 3 May 2016

The white church has five domes and a square tower and is decorated with both Incan and Moorish inscriptions, which makes for interesting contrasts.

Thank David A
Reviewed 10 March 2016

Another church in the centre of Quito, there are so many! Stunning at night when it is lit up as it is all white

Thank stuart w
Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

Beautiful church with a huge basis on the rococo style. Nice place to stop and sit and enjoy the beautiful glory given to God. Very nice hosts that love to give tours and tell you all about La Merced.

Thank IndySig
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