- Type: Religious Sights
NileGuide Expert Says:
After refreshing your soul, refresh your body at taverns and tapas bars lining the nearby Carrer Mercé.
- This is one of the most popular churches in the town because, among other things, it is the home of the Virgen de la Mercè (patron saint of Barcelona). The Barça soccer players credit her with their wins. The original Gothic structure of the basilica was remodeled and enlarged during the 14th and 15th Centuries; however, the definitive redesign of the building was carried out by Josep Mas i Cordal (1775) according to the Italian baroque style. It has just one nave with chapels on each side, a dome crowning the crossing and curved scrolls on the facade. Mass is celebrated at noon and at 7:30p from Monday to Friday, on Saturdays and days before public holidays at noon and at 8p and, on Sundays and public holidays, at 11a, noon and 1p. Sunday mass is held in Spanish at 11a and at 1p and on other days it is held in Catalan.
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