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Iglesia de La Merced, Granada

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Church Tourist Spot
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.
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  • You can visit this church for free. It is an old place and looks very historic. For 10 cordobas you can visit the bell tower which has a spectacular view of the city and lake nicaragua. Must visit!  more »
  • The façade of the Church of la Merced is worth already, by seniority. Then you go up the narrow spiral staircase that leads to the steeple of the Church. And here, you fall on sublime views of the city of Granada and its surroundings. Frankly, a staple of Granada, to do as soon as the weather permits! We loved!
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  • It's easy, it's cheap, and it has some wonderful views of beautiful Granada. If you are a wandering solo traveler like myself, it is just right!  more »
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  • It's a shame really, because the views from here are actually pretty stunning, but like a lot of people say, it is often closed for no particular reason. I feel kind of harsh rating it anything below average, but the actual church itself is very average, the views are what make this so great... And they are pretty hard to come by.
  • On of the best views of town can be caught here.
  • For $1 on a clear day, the tower is one of the best value attractions in Granada.
  • There's not a whole lot to see, but there is a beautiful view of the cathedral. It's equivalent of $1 USD to climb the tower.
  • Best view of town is from the bell tower.

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