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Published: November 2nd 2014
Statue of Our Lady of Mercy is in the top niche.
There's a dome which isn't visible in this photo.
This church is located at Independencia # 82, quite close to where my rental house was located. The Plazuela de la Merced, a small square with benches, is located behind the church. I used it often as my ‘back yard’ & spent a lot of time there. There is also a great bakery there on Progreso ;o) The Inquisition*:
The Plazuela de la Merced was also known as the Plaza of Hell because the judgments & executions of the Inquisition were held here. Although records are incomplete, one historian estimates that about 50 people were executed during the Mexican Inquisition including 29 people executed between 1571 and 1700 for practicing the Jewish religion. (I'm not sure if this is the Mexico total or the numbers for Queretaro?)
*The Inquisition was basically a tribunal court system once used by the Catholic Church and some Catholic monarchs to root out, suppress and punish heretics. These were baptized members of the church who held opinions contrary to the Catholic faith. Because of its association with torture and execution, inquisition remains a controversial and difficult subject. More info: http://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/spanish-inquisition1.htm
Short video of Templo de Nuestra Señora de la Merced
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