This temple is considered religious tourist site to be located at the point where they founded the city of Cali. It is the place that represents the birth of the capital of Valle and therefore honors the patron saint Our Lady of Mercy, for whom is named.
Visiting this site has relevance not only for those with a historical interest but also spiritual, since the Church belongs to a religious complex that includes auxiliary chapels, a convent and a museum, places that have witnessed domestic disputes among politicians and military. Even the religious complex was hit by an explosion in the early 50 `s and tuvioque restore the entire Chapel ceiling. .
The tour of this site invites you to know the history of religious convent was occupied by monks until 1813 when army troops Tomás Cipriano Mosquera took possession of the place and then return to the order of the Augustinian Recollect nuns. Occupations and stories of its inhabitants are also counted in the Archaeological Museum and there is religious and was declared a National Monument.
In addition to three main altars made ??of gold and colonial style, floors and unpolished stone altars are part of the colonial architecture that dominates the foundation of religious temples in the country and this, being the first and oldest city. After being declared a National Monument, was included in the Museum of ceramic sample of Hispanic cultures as Quimbaya, Calima, Tierradentro, San Agustin, Tumaco and others.