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Iglesia de la Merced

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Iglesia de la Merced

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Myo M wrote a review Sep 2020
Coquitlam, Canada19,950 contributions670 helpful votes
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Among about 4 La Merced churches visited in Central America, 2 of them are with what I would call a "memorable something": the one in Granada where it's memorable to go up the church tower (for some great views of that small town from above); and the one here where it's memorable to visit the small museum right beside (just adjacent to the church part of the building with like a small courtyard in between) where on its 2 small floors are religious displays including those about the "very first" religious settlers in this area called Mercedarians & actually also some "sprawling display" of the scenes relating to the birth of Christ (although that display may just have been for the time of Christmas & New Year when I was visiting). And as for the Church itself too, pretty impressive are the "colorful sculptures" either with colors themselves or with some colorful clothes put on them (to see on the shrines on both sides along the length of the Church and yes actually "quite a number" of those sculptures although the church interior really being a "compact-sized" one), and kind of fascinating among those shrines was one for the lady saint or such supposedly to pray for your "housing wish" (with plenty of small house models to see at her feet likely brought by those who came to pray to her). Located in the "old town" Casco Viejo (for which I would suggest "a whole day"), at just less than a 5-minute walk from here (straight down the street in front to the left after coming out) is the city's "main cathedral" Catedral Metropolitana with just a quite impressive facade to stand in front and admire the statues of "all 12 Apostles"; and also nearby this church (but not along the street in front) is the "church ruin" of Iglesia de Compania de Jesus just to briefly step inside within its four walls with also an open view of the sky above.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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twoGeminis wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto24 contributions58 helpful votes
The history of the Church is fascinating. We spent 30 minutes inside and an hour would have been better. Not to be missed.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Bernadine M wrote a review Feb 2020
Washougal, Washington13 contributions13 helpful votes
This is one of several in the Old part of Panama City. I recommend wandering the Old town area and checking out these gems
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Date of experience: February 2020
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debrag204 wrote a review Jan 2020
Guatemala City, Guatemala9 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved touring the church. It is decorated beautiifully and well maintained. The museum is very informative. We loved the calendar that was included in the price of admission, which was $2.50.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Vladimiramirela wrote a review Jan 2020
Mississauga, Canada1,725 contributions400 helpful votes
According to the story, the central facade of the church was transferred brick by brick by the locals from Panama Viejo. The Merced Church otherwise known as the Metropolitan Cathedral, has been recently restored and is proudly open to vistors, displaying its expensive Italian marble floors laid as part of the USD14 million renovation completed in 2019 for the Pope Francis visit.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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