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NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA MERCED BASILICA

NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA MERCED BASILICA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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BACKGROUND

Construction of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced in the center of Buenos Aires began in 1733 and was completed in 1779 by Andrés Bianchi. It was built on the site of an early seventeenth-century church and was originally part of the monastery of Mercedarios, one of the oldest in the city. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF has worked at Nuestra Señora de la Merced since 2006, supporting the establishment of a master plan for the church’s conservation that includes a detailed survey and documentation of the needs of the site and a plan for its restoration.

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WHY IT MATTERS

One of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced is visited by thousands of tourists each year and often included on historic church tours. The religious complex houses the oldest historic archive of the city, dating from before 1884 when the Civil Archive was created. (...)