Fodor's Expert Review Iglesia de La Merced

Casco Viejo Religious Building/Site/Shrine

One of the oldest structures in the Casco Viejo, La Merced's timeworn, baroque facade was actually removed from a church of the same name in Panamá Viejo and reconstructed here, stone by stone, in 1680. Flanked by white bell towers and tiny chapels, it's a charming sight, especially in late-afternoon light. The interior was destroyed by fires and rebuilt in the early 20th century, when some bad decisions were made, such as covering massive cement pillars with bathroom tiles.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Quick Facts

Calle 9 and Av. Central

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Weekdays 6:30 am–noon and 2–7, Sat. 4–7 pm, Sun. 6:30–11 am

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