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La Merced Church


map of la merced church

It’s located in Plazoleta Espinar


The church (monastery) of the Merced suffered great damage in the earthquake of 1650 but was rebuilt in a later period that lasted from 15 to 20 years and currently consists of:

Mannerist covers contrast with the exuberant baroque bell tower. It has an important choir stalls silver and oil paintings of great interest, as San Laureano de Basilio Santa Cruz Pumacallo (XVII). In it are buried the remains of the two Diego de Almagro, the Elder (1538) and Porter (1542).

The convent cloisters formerly had four, now there are two cloisters convent and one of them has become the current school of Mercy. The church has three naves, a high and a recessed platform construction has Greek Cross.

cusco merced church


Within the cloisters are a variety of frames and fragments of wall paintings of the early church of La Merced, which is the life of Don Pedro de Nolasco founder of the Mercedarian order they were painted by the master Ignacio Chacon.

In this church is the famous jewel "Custodia de la Merced", made in 24 carat gold and encrusted with diamonds, 1518, 615 stones (rubies, topazes and emeralds) and a large bell-shaped pearl, considered the second largest in the world.


Museum Hours:
Morning: 8:00 to 12:30 - Afternoon Shift: 14:00 to 17:30
Museum Cost: S /. 6.00
Opening of the church, Mass schedule:
Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a7: 30 pm and from 17:00 to 20:00 hrs
Sundays from 6:00 to 13:00 and 18:00 to 20:00 hours

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