La Iglesia de la Merced

Dating back to 1680, La Iglesia de la Merced sits in the heart of Casco Viejo, just a couple of blocks from Independence Square.

La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue of María de Cervello

Dating back to 1680, La Iglesia de la Merced sits in the heart of Casco Viejo, just a couple of blocks from Independence Square. Its weathered stone facade is made of stones recovered from the abandoned original old city of Panama, Panama Viejo, and is flanked by two gleaming white stucco bell towers, with bells chiming every 15 minutes.

The decorations inside are relatively restrained, with an exposed wooden ceiling and a tastefully tiled floor. In alcoves around the edge are a number of statues dedicated to saints and religious figures, some more tastefully crafted than others but all of them well maintained.

Particularly striking is a statue of María de Cervelló (also known as María del Socorro or Mary or Cervellione) holding a ship in her hand. She was a 13th-century saint who was reputed to, after she had died, sail on the wings of the wind to rescue ships who were at risk of shipwreck.

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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Patterned Tiles
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue of St Joseph
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Door with Coat of Arms
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Facade
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Stone Columns
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Main Altar
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Door Knocker
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue of Saint Rita of Cascia
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue of Christ
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Altar
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La Iglesia de la Merced Casco Viejo Panama City Statue
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