Church of La Mercè

La Mercè, Barcelona
Basilica of  La Mercè

The Church is located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.  

Dedicated to the Virgin named la Mercè ( patron saint of the Barcelona) and is one of the most representative churches of the city .

In the square where is located the monument ( Plaça de la Mercè ) stands a monumental fountain dating to the Eighteenth Century , with a central sculpture dedicated to the god Neptune.

The present church is a beautiful baroque church , built between 1765 and 1775 by the Catalan architect Josep Mas i Dordal .

No doubt this Barcelona basilica is notable for its monumentality , enhanced by the delicate rococo decoration , rich marble and stucco cladding decos.

Many are the faithful devotees of the Church of  la Mercè, even football players from the FC Barcelona are often coming to the temple, to offer their triumphs to the Virgin and to sing a salve in her honour .


  • How to get there
  • Tickets to La Mercè Church
  • History of the church

Address:

Plaça de la Mercè 1
08002 Barcelona

Location :

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Public transport:

Metro: Line 3, stop Drassanes .
Buses : 14 36 57 59 64 91 120 157

Tickets to the Church:

The visit to the basilica is free , you can access the church as long as they are not celebrating mass inside.

Timetable:

Monday, tuesday, thursday, friday and sunday: 10:00 a 20:00
Wednesday and saturday: 10:00 a 13:00 y 18:00 a 20:00
It had been previously , in the same place where we find the present basilica , an assembly of church and convent of the Order of Mercedarios (devotes of La Mercè) .

Built in the Thirteenth Century, it was rebuilt and enlarged in Gothic style. Over the centuries , the convent ceased to have its secular function.

In 1835 , the old convent was transformed , becoming first a religious school. Nowadays are the headquarters of the General Police Captaincy.

The present church is a Baroque church , built between 1765 and 1775 by the Catalan architect Josep Mas i Dordal .

It was enlarged in the nineteenth century, when it was also built a dome by Joan Martorell. At that time also became a separate camber (or camera) to worship the image of the Virgin.

The sculpture of La Mercè is a Gothic sculpture sculpted in the FourteenthCentury , attributed to Master Pere Moragues .

Inside the complex gelosies are especially noticeable  the upper decorations, which are using the late baroque and rococo style.

It is one of the few examples of Baroque art preserved in the city of Barcelona, ​​so from Barcelona Your guide we will highly recommend you a visit.