Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy

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Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy and Saint Michael the Archangel
La Mercè
Basílica de la Mare de Déu de la Mercè
Mercè 5-8-09.jpg
Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy is located in Barcelona
Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy
41°22′43.9″N 2°10′44.84″E / 41.378861°N 2.1791222°E / 41.378861; 2.1791222Coordinates: 41°22′43.9″N 2°10′44.84″E / 41.378861°N 2.1791222°E / 41.378861; 2.1791222
Location Barcelona
Country Spain
Denomination Catholic
History
Status Basilica
Dedication Our Lady of Mercy, Saint Michael the Archangel
Administration
Archdiocese Barcelona

The Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy (Catalan: Basílica de la Mercè, Spanish: Basílica de la Merced) is a Baroque-style basilica in Barcelona, Catalonia. It was built between 1765 and 1775,[1] being the work of Catalan architect Josep Mas i Dordal. The dome of the church is crowned with the iconic statue of Our Lady that is visible from the seaside promenade near the drassanes. This church was the second in Barcelona to receive the title of minor basilica, preceded only by the Barcelona Cathedral. The title was granted in 1918 by Pope Benedict XV, commemorating the seven hundredth anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin to St. Peter Nolasco, founder of the Order of Mercy.

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