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Tour of the Gothic quarter of Barcelona: La Merçè Basilica and surroundings

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The bell tower and front of the Basilica de la Merçè in Barcelona

Almost everyone knows that Santa Merçè is the patron saint of Barcelona. However, it is likely that not everyone knows that this distinction was awarded to the saint just four centuries ago and replaced the former patron saint, Santa Eulàlia, one of the city's first Christian martyrs, thanks to her hand of saint in saving the city of Barcelona from a plague of lobsters during the year 1687.

Front image of the Basilica de la Merçè

The Basilica de la Merçè

The Basilica de la Merçè is located in a privileged place in the city and worships the patron saint of the city. However, despite being one of the most representative churches in the city, it is a much less crowded enclave than most religious spaces in Barcelona such as the Cathedral, the Sagrada Familia or the Santa María del Mar.

With his Baroque style the Basilica de la Mare de Déu de la Mercè is located in the square that bears the same name in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona in its southernmost area to touch the Paseo Colón.

La Plaza de la Merçè with the church and the dependencies of the Pompeu Fabra University

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