Trip Planner:   Central America  /  Nicaragua  /  Granada Department  /  Granada  /  Historic Sites  /  Iglesia de La Merced
Iglesia de La Merced, Granada
(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Pay a visit to Iglesia de La Merced, a historic site of Catholic pilgrimage. Originally built in 1539, the church was razed by pirates in the mid 17th century and rebuilt with its current Baroque facade in the 1780s. Restored with an ornate interior in the 1860s, the church today contains an image of the Virgen de Fatima, a sacred object that draws many pilgrims. Climb up the bell tower that flanks the church to gain extensive views of the city and beyond, including many major urban and natural attractions. Arrange to visit Iglesia de La Merced and other attractions in Granada using our Granada tourist route planner.
Create a full Granada itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Granada

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Granada by other users

6 days in Nicaragua, Guatemala & Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN January, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM NICARAGUA January, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 37 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM ISRAEL December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 39 days in South America & Central America BY A USER FROM BRAZIL January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM CANADA November, kids, culture, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids, culture, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS November, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Nicaragua BY A USER FROM NORWAY January, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The Church of La Merced is a church hidden in the center of the city, with a Bell Tower from which you can see views of the entire city, with the volcano on one side, the Cathedral to the other... It is worth going just at dusk, the views are breathtaking!
    View original
  • This church allows the best photos at almost any time of day, of course the best photos are in the morning and in the evening. The traffic of vehicles is high, but there are not many people walking all the time and also there are no hawkers that hamper the photos.
    View original
  • The dude who rings the bell during mass time has some serious footwork!! It's work a visit just to gaze up and see him work his magic 
Google
  • I had a very negative experience here. The man at the desk was rude and unhelpful. Like every where in Nicaragua they had no change. No problem but he got very defensive, wouldn't cooperate and then, gave change to locals when he couldn't to guests. It just leaves such a negative impression of Granada, such a shame
  • The church is decent but the main highlight is climbing to the top of the belltower. It costs 25 Cordobas or $1 to get up. You climb a tight spiral staircase to get there. You get good views of Granada but not quite as impressive as the church in Leon, still worth 15-30 minutes of your time.
  • You can go on the bell tower for 1$. You have a great view over Granada. The best time would be just before sunset. There is a great light over the city.
  • For a small fee you can take the step steps up to the top of the bell tower - if it's a clear day it's well worth doing it, the views are stunning - all the colourful architecture and the lake in the background.
  • Great view of the city, and a lovely church with a low price for a tour