Cusco and the Sacred Valley Sights

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La Merced Review

The church may be overshadowed by the more famous Catedral and Iglesia de la Compañía, but La Merced contains one of the city's most priceless treasures—the Custodia, a solid gold container for communion wafers more than a meter high and encrusted with thousands of precious stones. Rebuilt in the 17th century, this monastery, with two stories of portals and a colonial fountain, gardens, and benches, has a spectacular series of murals that depict the life of the founder of the Mercedarian order, St. Peter of Nolasco. A small museum is found to the side of the church.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Mantas 121, Cusco | Map It
  • Phone: No phone
  • Cost: Free for church, S/6 museum
  • Hours: Church: Mon.–Sat. 7-8 am and 5-8 pm; museum: Mon.–Sat. 8–12:30 and 2–5:30
  • Location: Cusco
Updated: 11-30-2012

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