Catedral Metropolitana

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Catedral Metropolitana information

Location
Buenos Aires , Argentina
Prices
museum admission AR$40
Opening hours
7:30am-6:30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat & Sun, museum 10am-12:30pm Mon-Fri
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This solemn cathedral was built on the site of the original colonial church and not finished until 1827. It’s a significant religious and architectural landmark, and carved above its triangular facade and neoclassical columns are bas-reliefs of Jacob and Joseph. The spacious interior is equally impressive, with baroque details and an elegant rococo altar. There’s a small museum dedicated to the cathedral’s history inside. For Pope Francis souvenirs, visit the small gift shop near the entrance.

The cathedral is also a national historical site that contains the tomb of General José de San Martín, Argentina’s most revered hero. In the chaos following independence, San Martín chose exile in France, never returning alive to Argentina (although in 1829 a boat on which he traveled sighted Buenos Aires on its way to Montevideo). Outside the cathedral you’ll see a flame keeping his spirit alive.