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La Merced Piazza and Traditional Neighborhood

A traditional neighborhood with an intense social life in a World Heritage Site

QUICK PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURE

• Country:
ECUADOR

2250

• Altitude meters:

• Min. visit time hours:

1

HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD

• Type:

• Kind:

URBAN

• Location:
CUENCA CITY

• Altitude feet:

7381

• Max. visit time hours:

3

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • GUIDED VISITS

  • INDEPENDENT VISIT

  • EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEY

CULTURAL:

  • ATTENDING RELIGIOUS EVENTS

  • ATTENDING CIVIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING FOLKLORIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING ARTISTIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING COMMERCIAL EVENTS


ENTERTAIMENT:

  • ATTEND SHOWS

  • NIGHT LIFE

FRIENDLY WITH

CHILDREN - FAMILIES - SENIORS - HANDICAPPED - PETS

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

  • Within Cuenca's Historic District World Cultural Site by UNESCO.

  • Within Cajas Massif Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

  • Cultural National Heritage by the Ecuadorian Government.

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

  • Open every day

GALLERY 

La Merced Piazza & Traditional Neighborhood

By: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador - Creative Commons Attribution

La Merced Piazza & Traditional Neighborhood

By: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador - Creative Commons Attribution

La Merced Piazza & Traditional Neighborhood

By: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador - Creative Commons Attribution

La Merced Piazza & Traditional Neighborhood

By: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador - Creative Commons Attribution

 
 

ABOUT

The Piazza de La Merced is a small esplanade of 1,500 m2. It is the center of an intense social life, especially at night, in the Historical Center of Cuenca, a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The square is delimited by the streets Borrero, Honorato Vásquez and Calle Larga. But the neighborhood, of the same name, also keeps a lot of history. 

 

The piazza is a space adapted for pedestrians and bicycles. All kinds of cultural, social and artistic activities can be carried out there. It is a space for recreation and meeting of citizens. It has good lighting at night. The piazza preserves several examples of heritage trees, including a poplar and several jacarandas that, when they bloom between September and November, fill it with color.

 

A statue of the priest Julio Maria Matovelle dominates the center of the piazza. This famous priest was a teacher, lawyer, literati, historian, politician and founder of the Congregation of the Oblate Mothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary. The construction of the small square began around 1850, as did the church.

 

The La Merced neighborhood is traditionally a sector of workers with a strong religious character. However, today the nightlife is intense in La Merced due to the development of activities such as offices, bars, restaurants, discos and hotels. 

 

The Remigio Crespo Toral Museum, the La Merced Church, the old house of the Workers Alliance, the Santísima Virgen del Río Chapel, the Julio María Matovelle Educational Unit, and the Abraham Lincoln Cultural Center are all located in the vicinity.

 

ADDRESS

ADDRESS OR VENUE

Presidente Borrero and Honorato Vásquez streets, Cuenca City, Ecuador

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