Temple Basilica of La Merced in Santiago,Chile.

Temple Basilica of La Merced is placed in downtown Santiago.

Temple Basilica of La Merced is placed in downtown Santiago.

The Temple Basilica of La Merced  is located in downtown Santiago in the corner of Merced Street. It was declared national monument and from 1548 all the apple belonged at the Merced order .

The present church was the third constructed in this same place, after the landslide of the previous ones by successive earthquakes. It was constructed between 1735 and 1760.

In its interior are several art pieces. It excel the wooden pulpit, beautifully carved in XVIII century, and the ancient image of the Virgin of La Merced, brought in 1548 by the father Antonio Correa, that has been venerated from the construction of the first temple. It surprises the amount of plaques in the walls, where are buried famous personages of history, like Rodrigo de Quiroga and his wife, Ines de Suárez; Mateo de Toro and Zambrano and the governor of Chile, Antonio Guill de Gonzaga (1767). It is a really imposing basilica by its size and beauty. There are masses of Monday to Friday at 7:30, 12:30 and 19:30 hours; Saturday at 12:30 and 19:30 hours, Sunday at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 19:30 hours.

By the lateral door of the church it is acceded to the cloister that, next to the wall that separates it of the street, is the unique thing that have left of the old convent and where today the Museum of La Merced is installed. In seven rooms, this interesting and renewed museum exhibit testimonies and memories of the missioner and colonial life of Merced order. Its collection referring to the Easter Islan is one of the best in the country. Stands out in the exhibit the Small board Talking Rongo Rongo, a piece still indecipherable of which there are just a few in the world, a stone head that represents the God Make Make and diverse command buttons. Also objects of American cultures, imaginaries religious, an enormous choral book are exposed, of XVII century, the series of colonial painting Kings of Israel and Judá and silver implements of Limekiln of Tango. In the last room, it surprises the statures of the polychromatic God Boy and putting in French crystal lanterns, used by the old families as devotion objects.

It is an excellent sample of the Hispano-American baroque. The schedule visits is of Tuesday to Saturday from10 to 18 hours, Sunday from 10 to 14 hours. The general entrance is of $1,000; minors of 7 years, college students and adults $500. Sunday the entrance is free. There are also there services of store and cafeteria.