Templo Nuestra Señora de la Merced

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Templo Nuestra Señora de la Merced information

Location
Sucre , Bolivia
Address
Pérez 1
Prices
admission B$10
Opening hours
10am-noon & 3-5pm Mon-Fri
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Following the current restoration work (completion date unknown at the time of writing), this church's interior will no doubt once again be one of the most beautiful of any church in Sucre. Much of it was bare when visited, however the views from the bell tower are splendid. Because the order of La Merced left Sucre for Cuzco in 1826, taking its records with it, the church’s founding date is uncertain, but it’s believed to be sometime in the 1540s.

The baroque-style altar and carved mestizo pulpit are decorated with filigree and gold inlay. Several paintings by the esteemed artist Melchor Pérez de Holguín are on display – notably El Nacimiento de Jesús, El Nacimiento de María and a self-portrait of the artist rising from the depths of purgatory.