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Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago: 17 reviews and 38 photos

  The city's main church
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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago we see today is the fifth such church to stand here on the Plaza des Armas. Four previous churches had been destroyed by fire and earthquake, and although this church was begun in 1748 and consecrated in 1775, it was not completed until the late 19th century when its towers were added. Its baroque interior features 3 long naves with barrel vaulting and there is some fine decoration, most notably the main altar of marble, bronze and lapis lazuli that came from Germany.
There is the inevitable museum ? this one the Museo del Arte Sagrado (the Museum of Sacred Art) with yet more religious works on display, including some fine silver left behind by the Jesuits when they were forced to leave the country. Entry is free.
The entrance to the cathedral faces onto the Plaza, lovely in the Spring when the jacarandas are out . There are some great photos to be taken any time of year though of the reflection of the baroque curves of the old building in the glass walls of the modern city buildings in the street beside it.

Address: Plaza de Armas
Directions: Take line 5 of the subway (connections with line 1 and line 2) and get off in Plaza de Armas station
Phone: +56 2 2696 2777
Website: http://www.iglesiadesantiago.cl

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  • Updated Oct 16, 2005
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