Calle Merced

Por L.N.A.

Fachada de la iglesia de la Merced
Fachada de la iglesia de la Merced

Dice José María de la Torre que en 1637 se proyectó una iglesia y convento que estaría dedicado a la advocación mariana de la Merced, redentora de cautivos. Este se construiría en el barrio de Campeche. El proyecto tuvo que esperar 109 años para comenzar a consolidarse y no fue hasta 1792 que se pudo colocar el Sacramento en dicho templo. En el año 1862 la Congregación de San Vicente de Paúl pasó a ocupar el inmueble que, según se afirma, estaba en pésimas condiciones. Lo restauraron y terminaron dotándolo de un notable esplendor.
Desde entonces, La Habana cuenta con la iglesia de la Merced que todos conocemos y con una calle del mismo nombre.
Su traza se extiende desde la Alameda de Paula o Avenida del Puerto hasta Monserrate o Avenida de Bélgica, aproximadamente nueve cuadras. No se ha encontrado constancia de que en algún momento tuviera otro nombre. Han existido en La Habana cuatro calles con ese nombre, pero la de la iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced en La Habana antigua es la única que lo ha conservado. Ω

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