La Mercè

La Mercè

La Mercè

La Mercè

La Mercè

La Mercè

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Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy

The Basilica of Our Lady of Grace and St. Michael the Archangel, known simply as the Basilica of Mercy or the Basilica of the Merced, is one of the most emblematic places in Barcelona, located in the Gothic Quarter.


The Basilica de la Mercy was built by the Catalan architect Josep Mas i Dordal in 1765. It is dedicated to the patron saint of Barcelona, Our Lady of Mercé. The interior of the church is impressive, with Gothic architecture adorned with sculptures and religious frescoes. It is also known for housing the statue of the Virgin of Mercé, which is carried in a procession during the Mercé festival in September.


Virgen de la Mercé


History of the Basilica of Mercy 

The history of the Basilica de la Mercé dates back to medieval times, when the inhabitants of Barcelona asked the Virgin Mary to protect them from the plague and pirates. Legend has it that the Virgin appeared to a merchant, Sant Pere Nolasc, and asked him to build a church in her honour. Since then, the church of La Mercé has become an important place of pilgrimage for the people of Barcelona and visitors from all over the world.


If you visit the church of La Mercé, be sure to see the crypt, which houses the remains of Saint Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona before the Virgin of La Mercé.


In 1918 it was granted the title of minor basilica by Pope Benedict XV in commemoration of the 7th centenary of the apparition of the Virgin to St. Peter Nolasco, founder of the Order of Mercedarians.


La Mercé

La Mercè


Our advice: You can attend a mass or a religious celebration to discover the spiritual atmosphere of the church. At the bottom of the page we indicate the times of the masses and the opening hours of the Basilica. The Basilica can be visited all day, the morning being the least busy time of the day.


According to online reviews, visitors are impressed by the beauty and serenity of the Mercé church. Comments highlight the historical and religious significance of the place, as well as the artistic richness of its architecture. Visitors also recommend attending a mass for an authentic spiritual experience.

Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy

Plaça de la Mercè, 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Area: Barrio Gótico
Website: Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy - Barcelona
Opening hours: From 9am to 1.30pm. Afternoons: from 16.30 to 20.00h. // Mass times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: at 19,00h. Wednesday, at 12.00h. Saturdays: 10.00h and 19.15h (bilingual). Sundays: 11.00h (Spanish); 12.30h (Catalan) and 19.00h (Spanish).
Phone: +34 93 315 27 56
Metro/Bus: Metro: L3 Drassanes - L4 Jaume I
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Last comment
Very beautiful place to see
AndyV (16 Sep 2023 - 09:54)
La Mercé (Our Lady of Mercy) is a very beautiful place to see. Free and little known while it is large and well decorated!
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A.P. - 8 Dec 2023 - 09:26
Ordered and got something else . Food was cold . Chewing gum on the chairs. Chicken was raw.
mia - 6 Dec 2023 - 09:32
Great venue to visit, love the area as well..
CJ - 4 Dec 2023 - 09:44
Americas cup
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NICKO ZAVALLIS - 29 Nov 2023 - 08:54
Disgusting service
Estaba liderando un grupo de turistas y cometimos el error de elegir descansar en vuestra cafetería. El comportamiento de vuestro camarero fue inaceptable. Desde que nos sentamos fue brusco e impredecible, tirando y derramando los cafés que pedimos sobre las mesas, agitando su mano como un lunático para que retiráramos nuestros objetos personales de la mesa y cuando traía la cuenta y pedíamos pagar por separado empezó a gritar, insultarnos y chillar. Cuando pedí ver al jefe, su respuesta fue que no hay gerente y que somos groseros y "chillando". Su comportamiento es racista y es bullying, algo que es ilegal. Siguió así por más de 10 minutos, al punto que llamé a la policía y voy a hacer la denuncia oficial. ¿Así tratais a los turistas en vuestra ciudad? Esta persona es una vergüenza y debe ser expulsada de sus instalaciones inmediatamente. Personalmente, ya no recomendaré tu lugar a nadie. - 24 Nov 2023 - 08:38
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fanny - 22 Nov 2023 - 10:04
guided tour & towers
Hello, Do we have access to the church towers during the guided tour? thank you in advance
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a wonderful time in the park guell at this time of year... beautiful colours and a gentle atmosphere!

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  1. Very beautiful place to see - AndyV (16 Sep 2023 - 09:54)

    La Mercé (Our Lady of Mercy) is a very beautiful place to see. Free and little known while it is large and well decorated!

  2. very nice chuch - antonVI (10 May 2023 - 08:58)

    It is also an important place of pilgrimage for the faithful of the Virgin Mary.
    to visit:,-)

  3. la iglesia de la Merce - maaike (10 Apr 2011 - 11:30)

    It´s a wonderfull cherch with a nice Mary, I asked her something en She did it for me, thanks go there for a nice experince !!!

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