"The Metropolitan Cathedral" Metropolitan Cathedral - Catedral Metropolitana Tip by wadekorzan

  Metropolitan Cathedral
by wadekorzan

On the outside, this cathedral looks more like a museum! It actually is quite similar to the Bourbon Palace in Paris. However, on the interior, you're in for a very nice treat. Walk inside, go straight on in, and about four columns in you'll get to the spot on the right where the tomb of General San Martin is located. San Martin is THE hero of Argentina. There's a picture of him in every school classroom, a street named after him in every city. He was known as the "Liberator of Argentina" and later he went on with O'Higgins from Chile to free much of the rest of South America from Spain's rule. Amusingly enough, he wasn't Catholic and so could not be buried IN the Metropolitan Cathedral. Therefore, his tomb is in a little chapel that was built on the cathedral itself. Two handsome guards in nicely pressed uniforms stand watch and don't mind being photographed at all. Try to catch them taking a peek at you--they're not supposed to move.

The interior is in the baroque style, and the altar and many icons date back to the 18th century. Guided tours take place Monday through Friday at 1 PM, Saturdays at 11:30 AM, and Sundays at 10 AM. Meet inside just to the right, and verify hours before going because in Argentina, things change all the time!

Address: Calle Rivadavia s/n, 1004 Buenos Aires
Directions: Located at Plaza de Mayo, in the very center of the city.
Phone: +54 11 4343-6272
Website: http://www.catedralbuenosaires.org.a

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 12, 2004
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