Things to do in Barcelona – Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy

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The 18th century Baroque-style Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy (Basilica de la Mercé)  is one of Barcelona’s lesser-known historical sights. Constructed on the site of several earlier churches—the oldest of which was a 13th-century Gothic structure dedicated to the city’s patron—the church is regarded as the Motherhouse of the medieval Order of Mercy. The current building, severely damaged by fire during the Spanish Civil War, has been beautifully restored, and is an interesting stop on your walk through the Gothic Quarter.

Rooftop Statue Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

The Basilica’s rather simple exterior features a few decorative elements, such as:

The oeil-de-boeuf window above the main entrance; a 14th-century octagonal bell tower; a mid-20th-century statue of Our Lady of Mercy, a replacement for  the 19th-century statue that was melted down during the Spanish Civil War;

Renaissance Portal Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

and, at the side entrance, a beautifully sculpted 16th-century Renaissance portal salvaged from the much older Church of Saint Michael, which stood in Plaça de Sant Miguel and was demolished in the 19th century.

Altar Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

If the church is open, step inside. The impressive interior, with its single nave flanked by side chapels, reflects the gilded opulence of the Baroque period. Here you’ll see:

Sanctuary Monument Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

Gleaming chandeliers;

Dome Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

Painted ceilings, including the frescoed dome and arches by local artist José Obiols Palau;

Baptistry Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

Ornate ironwork, such as the decorative gates of the side chapels and baptistry;

Interior Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

Twin pulpits, designed by architect Ramón Capella, and constructed of marble and metal;

And numerous altars decorated with flourishing reliefs, Corinthian columns, and an abundance of statues. Among these are:

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Our Lady of Montserrat;

Saints Raymond Honoratus and Joseph Orio Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelonal

Saint Raymond, Saint Honoratus, and Saint Joseph Oriol;

Madonna and Child and Therese of the Child Jesus Basilica Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of the Abandoned, and Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus; 

Saints Anthony Padua Joseph Anthony Abbot Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Joseph, and Saint Anthony the Abbot;

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Saint Peter, Saint Michael, and Saint Paul;

Saints Raymond Honoratus and Joseph Orio Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelonal

Our Lady of Hope;

Saint Pancras Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

Saint Pancras;

Saint Mary of Cervellione Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

and Saint Mary de Cervellione.

Among the most noteworthy artifacts and sacred relics housed in the basilica are:

Tomb and Statue of Mary of Cervellione Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

The entombed remains of Saint Mary de Cervellione, and, what is believed to be the original 14th-century statue of Our Lady of Mercy, both of which were reportedly spared the ravages of the war when they were hidden away for safe keeping in a storage closet. 

Statue Our Lady of Mercy Basilica Barcelona

Stairwell Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy Barcelona

To see the statue of Our Lady of Mercy up close, take the stairs to the left of the altar.

Getting there: 

The Basilica de la Mercé is located at Carrer de la Mercè, 1. 

Ticket Info:

Adult Admission (General visit) = Free

Adult Admission (Guided tour) = check Basilica website for prices and details.

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