One of the best alternatives to house up in Barcelona is to find an apartment in the Ramblas or in the Gothic Quarter. This is one of the most lovely place in the city and its location will permit you to visit many famous and interesting places without having to travel during hours.

In the Gothic quarter for example, you can visit a place which shows the whole splendor of Baroque art in Barcelona, ​​The Basilica de la Merced in Barcelona.

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Basilica of the Merced. Pic by Almusaiti on Flickr.

This imposing building was built between 1765 and 1775 and is dedicated to the Virgen de la Mercé, the patron saint of Barcelona. It was designed by Josep Mas i of Ordal. The image of the Virgen de la Mercé in Barcelona is attributed to Pere Moragues and is old enough because many investigators assume that it was manufactured in 1350.

In addition to being a building with high historical and religious value, the Basilica of the Merce Barcelona is one of the deepest values ​​of the city, as it represents a great devotion to the Virgen de la Mercé, the patron saint of the city and in his honor is celebrated also the most important festival of the Catalan capital, where thousands of residents and tourists are going each year.

The festivals of the Mercé in Barcelona are the most important of the city and are celebrated each year during several days. In 2012, they will be held from September 21 to 24. The description of activities deserves a separate post but we can still mention that during these festivals there are over 500 artistic events, and it will not take place only around the basilica, but also on various scenes scattered throughout the city. The festivals of the Mercé in Barcelona are considered as a large multidisciplinary festival that includes rich folk traditions.

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Indoors of the Basilica de la Merced.

How to reach the Basilica of the Mercé in Barcelona? The church is located in the Merced Street, in the heart of the Gothic quarter. The nearest subway station is the Drassanes station (line 3). There is also a bus station few meters from the church, in the Plaza de la Merced where the bus line number 120 used to stop. The public openning hours are the following: 10 am to 1 pm and 6om to 8 pm.

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