With a pedrigree reaching back to colonial era, this church helped launch the fight for independence with its bells.

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Church of Our Lady of Mercy

One of the country's most historic churches.

This modest colonial-era church on Calle 6 de Oriente, a few steps from the Plaza de la Libertad and the National Palace may not call much attention to itself. But it's well worth a look - the belfry, for example, whose bells sounded at dawn on November 5, 1811 to signal the start of Central America's struggle for independence from the Spanish Crown. Even today, its bells continue be rung every year to commemorate the anniversary of that momentous event. Despite the major renovations that have been necessary to preserve its façade and bell tower, the Iglesia de la Merced is a historic site well worth visiting for its classic presence and historic pedigree.

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