"Metropolitan Cathedral" Metropolitan Cathedral - Catedral Metropolitana Tip by Dabs

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We wandered into the Metropolitan Cathedral by accident, it looked like an impressive building but it certainly didn't look like a cathedral from the outside, in fact from the description in the guidebook, it sounds like the original structure was built in 1745 and it wasn't designated a cathedral until 1836, almost a 100 years later.

Inside, you'll want to find the tomb of General Jose de San Martin, the "Father of the Nation" who fought for South American freedom alongside Simon Bolivar. I happened to be there at the time of the changing of the guard, well, it wasn't really a changing as both the guards and the replacement guards all marched off together and the tomb was left unguarded. Seems kind of silly to have a tomb guarded if they all get up and leave ;-)

A detail in the church that I thought was really pretty was the mosaic tile floor with a floral pattern.

Address: San Martin at Rivadavia
Directions: Near the Plaza de Mayo

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