As Cali’s oldest church, Iglesia de la Merced was established in the 16th century. Built in the typical whitewashed Spanish colonial style, it features wood and stucco construction and a long, narrow nave. Adjacent to the church is the La Merced Church Museum, housed in the oldest building in the city, the former La Merced convent. It features centuries old artifacts, including an impressive collection of pre-Columbian pottery left behind by different cultures from central and southern parts of Colombia. The church and museum can be visited as part of a Cali city sightseeing tour, which includes a visit to the city’s other major attractions, including Plaza Caicedo, San Antonio hill, and El Gato del Rio park.
Within the church itself is a heavily gilded baroque high altar, topped with the Virgen de las Mercedes, the patron saint of the city. La Merced Church Museum is located in Cali’s historic area. If not arriving as part of an organized tour, this can be easily reached by taxi or on foot.
Did You Know? Within the church itself is a heavily gilded baroque high altar, topped with the Virgen de las Mercedes, the patron saint of the city.