Iglesia la Merced, Arequipa

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#10 of 12 in Historic Sites in Arequipa
Experience the simple yet stunning architecture of Iglesia la Merced. It famously features a library and paintings dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Inside you'll find a large white nave featuring crystal chandeliers, paintings decorating the walls, and wooden pews split by a central walkway going all the way down to the altar. Work out when and for how long to visit Iglesia la Merced and other Arequipa attractions using our handy Arequipa day trip planning app .
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  • Very beautiful outside, but I didn't get to see the inside. Site with loyal, interesting activity.
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  • Our guide explained well the history of this church. She is to visit. The site lends itself to beautiful shots outside with the lights next time.
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  • Just a few blocks south of the main plaza, La Merced is worth a look, although it's not as interesting as the other major city centre churches. Since it's free and has some very interesting altars, it...  more »
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  • Pretty Church. Free tour
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  • A very nice Church 😊
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  • Beautiful church with interesting sculptures in wood and altars.
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  • The architecture that made the Church is very appreciable.
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  • Nice facade.
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