"Iglesia de Santa Bárbara" Santa Fe Things to Do Tip by mircaskirca

Santa Fe Things to Do: 14 reviews and 41 photos

Located next to the Plazuela de Santa Bárbara, Iglesia de Santa Bárbara is one of the most impressive colonial era churches I saw in Colombia. It was built by the Jesuits at the end of the 18th century in a popular baroque style of Antioquia. Being the oldest standing church in the town, it is also called the Grandmother of the Churches of Antioquia. The church was recently restored and it is perfectly preserved.

I was amazed by its beautiful pebble masonry construction, elaborate baroque style arches and curves, and graceful wood and iron works. The wide west front is crowned with small towers and bells on top of a building. An interesting woodcarving of the Virgin is enshrined in the Altar of San Blas, which is the oldest altar in Santa Fe. The font is in rococo style and it is older than the building.

The church is open in the evening between 5-6:30pm and for morning mass on Sunday.

Address: corner of Calle 11 and Carrera 8
Directions: next to Plazuela de Santa Bárbara; two blocks from Plaza Mayor

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2010
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