"The Royal, Celestial and Military Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of the Captives also known as Our Lady of Ransom ( Latin: Ordo Beatae Mariae de Mercede redemptionis captivorums) is a Roman Catholic religious order established in 1218 by St Peter Nolasco in the city of Barcelona, at that time in the Kingdom of Aragon, for the redemption of Christian captives (during the Crusades). One of the distinguishing marks of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy is that, since its foundation, its members are required to take a Fourth Vow to die for another who is in danger of losing their Faith. The Order exists today in 17 countries" (Wiki)
World Heritage Sites connected to 'Mercedarians':
Antigua Guatemala La Merced Church "The Mercedarians were the first to establish a male monastery at the former Santiago de Guatemala ..... On top looms the effigy of San Pedro Nolasco who founded the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy in the thirteenth century. He is flanked by two Mercedaries and the crest of the order. The effigy of Our Lady of Mercedes is situated in the central niche of the facade. She is flanked to the left by the effigies of San Raymundo Nonnatus and San Pedro Arinengol (with a rope indicating his martyrdom because of being hanged) and to the right side by the Mercedary bishop San Pedro Pascual as well as the first Mercedary nun, Santa Maria de Cervellón." (Wiki)Arequipa La Merced Convent and Church "The Order of Mercy was expanding very rapidly and during the sixteenth century, it established convents in Trujillo (1535), Huamanga (1540), Arequipa (1540), ...."; linkCuzco in 1534, Father Sebastián de Castañeda founded the convent of Cuzco, the capital city of the Incan Empire, which would soon become a major evangelization center from which frequent missionary expeditions would leave for more remote areas.; linkLima "As old as the city of Lima are the Convent and the Church of La Merced. According to ancient chronicles state that the land on which is built the Convent and Church and belonged to the Mercedaria order.....The Mercedarios is one of the religious orders that came to catechize the conquered peoples in Peru" (Wiki)Mexico City "The La Merced Cloister is all that is left of a monastery complex built in the late 16th and early 17th century by the Mercedarian order. It is located at Uruguay and Talavera Streets" (Wiki)Panamá "Continuing two blocks west along Av Cincuentenario, you'll arrive at the ruins of the Iglesia y Convento de La Merced. Erected by the Mercedarian friars in the early 17th century, the buildings actually survived the fire that swept the city following Morgan's assault. However, the church's facade is missing because the friars dismantled it and moved it to Casco Viejo, where it can be seen today."; linkPotosi Iglesia Na Sa de la Merced "The Order of Mercy was expanding very rapidly and during the sixteenth century, it established convents in .. Potosí (1549) .."; linkQuito La Merced Convent (Cuenca and Mejia)
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