Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias is a notable and historic Roman Catholic church located in Medellín, which is worth seeing if you like old churches. Furthermore, this neo-Gothic-style Catholic church has many pieces of religious artwork.
Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias is located in the Manrique neighborhood of Medellín north of El Centro. Also, the church is colloquially known as the Church of Manrique.
In addition, we included Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias in our list of the top 14 churches in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.
History of Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias
Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias was reportedly built between 1921 and 1931. The church was designed in a neo-Gothic-style by architect Andrés Lorenzo Huarte.
Adjacent to the church is convent of Hermanos Carmelitas Descalzos. The church and the convent occupy the entire block in Manrique from Calles 67 and 68 and Carreras 47 and 48.
Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias has a built of area of about 13,100 square feet (1,216 square meters) and its tower is 646 feet (60 meters) high. This tall church can be seen from the metro as it stands out compared to the nearby shorter buildings.
The Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias church and adjacent convent were declared a cultural, artistic and religious patrimony of Medellín in 1999.
The convent was restored in a project that completed in January 2009. In addition, the church reportedly is in need of restoration. The passage of time has generated a gradual deterioration of the structure of the church including the roof, walls and the atrium.
Iglesia Señor de las Misericordias has many complex details such as ornaments and artistic architectural elements that require greater restoration precision, which is costlier. And the church reportedly has been trying to raise funding for a restoration project.
Inside Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias
Inside the church you will find a beautiful interior that is white with beige trim. And the church has wooden pews.
There are many pieces of religious artwork to be found throughout this church including several beautiful stained-glass windows.
Many other churches in the city have confessionals on both the right and left sides. However, Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias only has confessionals on the right side.
In addition, the church has an organ located on the second floor.
The church has three wooden altars. The main altar houses the statue of Our Lady of Carmen.
How to Get to Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias
Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias is located about eight blocks east from the Hospital metro station on Line A of the Medellín metro system. You can see the tall church from the metro station.
Note this is about a 10-minute walk uphill to the church from the metro station. This is a major street that is relatively safe to walk on during the day. Also, if you aren’t looking for the exercise walking uphill, there are taxis available at the metro station.
Also, this church is located very near to the Palos Verdes Metroplús stop.
In addition, many taxi drivers in Medellín will know where Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias is located. If not, just tell the driver “Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias en Manrique – Calle 67 con Carrera 47.”
Address: Calle 67 # 47-6, Manrique, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 263 5821
Hours: The doors to this church are normally open in the morning, even when there is no mass. However, we recommend calling before going to make sure it is open.
The Beautiful Churches in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
In the metropolitan Medellín metro area (Aburrá Valley), there are over 300 Roman Catholic churches. Most notably, there is a complete list of all the churches of the Archdiocese of Medellín.
We have looked at a total of 33 beautiful churches in the Medellín metro area and the Aburrá Valley in a series on this website. And 22 of the churches we have looked at in detail are in Medellín:
- Catedral Basílica Metropolitana – the main church of the Archdiocese of Medellín and the largest church in the city.
- Iglesia de La Candelaria – the oldest church in Medellín, which is also a National Monument of Colombia.
- Iglesia San Antonio and Plaza San Antonio – the church with the largest dome in Medellín located next to Plaza San Antonio with four Fernando Botero sculptures.
- Iglesia Jesús Nazareno – another of the most beautiful churches in Medellín.
- Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro – a beautiful Gothic-style church in Medellín.
- Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús – a neo-Gothic-style church located in Barrio Triste in Medellín.
- Iglesia de San José – a Boroque-style church located in El Centro, Medellín.
- Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias – a neo-Gothic-style church located in the Manrique neighborhood of Medellín.
- Iglesia San José – a Romanesque-style church located next to Parque Poblado in El Poblado.
- Iglesia de la Veracruz – a colonial church with a history that goes back to 1682, which makes it one of the oldest churches in Medellín.
- Iglesia de San Ignacio – a beautiful church in El Centro with a Baroque-style exterior and colonial interior.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora – a Roman-style church located next to Parque Belén in Medellín.
- Iglesia el Calvario – a Romanesque-style church in the Aranjuez comuna in Medellín.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Sufragio – a neo-Romanesque-style church in the Boston barrio in Medellín.
- Iglesia de San Benito – a neo-Romanesque-style church with a history that traces back to 1678, which make it one of the oldest churches in Medellín.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores – a Neo-Byzantine-style church in the La América comuna in Medellín.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Sagrado Corazón – a beautiful Neo-Gothic-style church in the Buenos Aires comuna in Medellín.
- Iglesia de Cristo Rey – a beautiful church in the Guayabal comuna of Medellín with many beautiful stained-glass windows.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores – a beautiful Neoclassical-style church in the Robledo comuna of Medellín, which is also a National Monument of Colombia.
- Iglesia del Cementerio San Pedro – a beautiful church built in 1929 that has some of the most beautiful stained-glass windows found in the churches in Medellín.
- Iglesia de El Niño Jesús de Praga – a beautiful church in the Villa Hermosa comuna in Medellín.
- Iglesia San Joaquín – a beautiful church in the Laureles-Estadio comuna in Medellín that is reportedly the second largest church in Medellín.
Also, we have looked at the principal church in each of the other nine municipalities in the Aburrá Valley:
- Iglesia de Santa Gertrudis – a beautiful church in Envigado located next to Parque Envigado.
- Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario – a church located in Bello that is arguably the most beautiful church in the Aburrá Valley
- Iglesia de Santa Ana – a very popular church in Sabaneta located next to Parque Sabaneta.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario – a historic church in Itagüí near Medellín with a history that traces back to 1743.
- Nuestra Señora Chiquinquirá – a beautiful church in La Estrella with a Neo-Gothic-style.
- Catedral Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes – a Neoclassical-style church with a history that traces back to 1793 and is located in the Caldas municipality south of Medellín.
- Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción – a Baroque-style church with a history that traces back to 1715 and is located in the Copacabana municipality north of Medellín.
- Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Rosario – a Neo-Romanesque-style church located in the Girardota municipality northeast of Medellín.
- Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua – a Neo-Romanesque-style church located in the Barbosa municipality northeast of Medellín.
Also, we looked at two smaller colonial-style churches while looking in detail at two nearby larger churches:
- Hato Viejo Chapel – a colonial-style church in Bello built between 1772 and 1796. It’s also a National Monument of Colombia. We looked at Hato Viejo Chapel while covering Nuestra Señora del Rosario.
- Capilla de María Auxiliadora – a colonial-style church in Barbosa built between 1773 and 1776. We looked at Capilla de María Auxiliadora while covering Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua.
In addition, we looked at Las Lajas Sanctuary located in Ipiales, Colombia, which is considered the most beautiful church in Colombia. Also, it’s considered by many to be one of the most beautiful churches in the world.
The Bottom Line: Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias
Iglesia del Señor de las Misericordias is not found in any of the 10 English language Colombia travel guidebooks that I have. But it’s worth stopping to see this beautiful and historic church. And it’s easy to get to since the church located near the Hospital metro station.
Seems like, in my experience, that most of the travel guidebooks in English about Colombia are missing many of the best places in the cities and pueblos in Colombia.
Consequently, we have covered the beautiful churches in the Medellín metro area in a comprehensive series on this website. Most noteworthy, we did this since a majority of the beautiful and notable churches in the city are missing from the English-language travel guidebooks about Colombia.
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Editors note: updated on June 3, 2018 to add that this church is located near the Palos Verdes Metroplús stop.