"La Merced" Quito Things to Do Tip by acemj

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La Merced not only had Quito's largest clocktower at 5.7 tons, it also has perhaps the most spectacularly interior of all of the city's churches. It was built between 1701 and 1747 with Baroque and Moorish influences and the builders did not spare the expense of going easing on the gold leaf altars, gilt frames of magnificent oil paintings and intricately carved choir lofts. The white plaster ceiling is set against a light pink background making it the perfect wedding cake background for a young couple to take their nuptials.

Directions: Chile and Cuenca in the Old Town

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  • Updated May 1, 2008
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