Know vestiges of other times in the San Bernardo Mission
Once in El Oro, one stop worth making is Our Lady of Las Mercedes, a Viceregal treasure that preserves important works of art it has protected against the passage of time.
The glorious building was constructed by Mercedarian friars who settled in the northern region of what was then called New Biscay possibly since the mid-18th century, and has preserved its beauty despite undergoing various modifications over the years.
NOTE THE DETAILS
In the central nave of the temple, on the left side, you will spot a very good oil painting of Our Lady of Carmen, possibly from the late 18th century, depicting a scene of souls whose details and delicate lines are surely going to steal your breath.
If you walk a little more to the right, you will see a piece worked in alabaster worthy of the mastery of the carvers who sent their pieces in to the region. On the chapel to the right, you can find an excellent 18th century oil painting representing San Francisco de Paula.
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