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"CATEDRAL METROPOLITANA" Metropolitan Cathedral - Catedral Metropolitana Tip by mtncorg

  Cathedral and the Eternal Flame of San Martin
by mtncorg

Built on the site of an earlier church dating to 1593, the Cathedral, itself, dates to 1752-1852 with a decorative 1911 refurbishment. Outside, the eternal flame of San Martin burns. Inside, the main nave leads to a glorious main altar with floors of Venetian marble. On the left side is the Santo Cristo de Buenos Aires Chapel containing a carving of Jesus dating to 1671. On the right side is the tomb of General Jose de San Martin draped with a huge Argentine flag. San Martin is the nation’s temporal saint – forgotten in his own lifetime by the anarchical Unitarian-Federalist struggles following his successful campaigns in the Wars of Independence. Here, in the Cathedral, Argentina tries to make it up to her hero in a way that outdoes all of those who are over in la Recoleta.

Address: Calle Rivadavia s/n, 1004 Buenos Aires
Directions: On the northwest side of the Plaza de Mayo
Phone: +54 11 4343-6272

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  • Written Dec 12, 2004
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