Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced, Buenos Aires

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Constructed over the course of the 18th century, Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced represents one of the oldest and most storied in Buenos Aires. A Neo-Renaissance remodeling of the building took place from 1894 to 1900, under the direction of Argentine architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo. Much of the interior and exterior from this period has remained the same, so visiting the church provides an excellent glimpse into an important part of Buenos Aires' history. Inside, inspect the intricate artwork of the altar, and inquire about the schedule of organ concerts held here. Make Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Merced a part of your Buenos Aires vacation plans using our Buenos Aires trip generator.
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  • Simply beautiful! The architecture, the entrance, the interior, the stained glass Windows, mosaic floor, carved wood, marble, artwork ... all WONDERFUL
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  • This church is the second most impressive church I've seen in Buenos Aires. It has amazing windows, incredible ceilings, and an impressive selection of sculptures and other pieces of art. Highly recom...  more »
  • Is located in the street Reconquista, corner Juan Sunday Perón, in full city Buenos Aires (thus is called to the Center financial of the city), to two blocks of Plaza of Mayo and of the Cathedral Metropolitan. It is a national historical monument. I spent last week visiting the Basilica, the truth is a pity thing neglected is also very little illuminated, nor to enter lots of daylight through its stained glass windows, since it is surrounded by buildings. Only its façade is in good state of conservation. It is basilica is an important part of the history of the city of Buenos Aires, in it the Liberator General José de San Martín was married to Remedios de Escalada in 1812, functioned as hospital for blood during the English raids in 1806, and was once again named a granddaughter of Napoleón Bonaparte, daughter of Alejandro Florian Colonna Walewice-Walewski, who arrived in 1847 with his wife. His first inauguration dates from the mid 1700, was designed by two Italian Jesuit architects, but at the end of 1800 it was remodeled and was a new façade, a task that was conducted by architect Buschiazzo, also Italian and the second person to receive the title of architect in the Argentina. The last renovation was in 2007. In the upper part of the façade stands a front where can be seen to General Manuel Belgrano offering to the Virgen de la Merced, the baton of the army of the North and two flags captured royalists, the reason for this offering was that the troops commanded by Belgrano were inferior numerical against the Spanish and before the battle , Belgrano prayed you to the Virgin who was devout and also coincided the day of the battle with the of its veneration, as it emerged victorious, which was considered a miracle, Belgrano made the offering and from that episidio, the Virgin de La Merced was seen as patroness of the Argentine army. Detailing the interior of Baroque colonial and English mosaic in the entrance gate floors there are two stained glass windows the Annunciation and assumption and on its sides there are two stained glass windows one of San Martín de Tours (patron of the city of Buenos Aires) and San Pedro. It has a single nave and side chapels. Membership is free and the opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 18.30 hours. Saturdays at 19: 00 hours there is mass. In summary, visit it only if they are just passing, not go exclusively, in my modest opinion, is more one church, but not the prettiest of Buenos Aires.
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