Iglesia San Francisco


This magenta-and-yellow church is Salta’s most striking. The exuberant facade is topped by a slender tower; inside are several venerated images, including the Niño Jesús de Aracoeli, a rather spooky crowned figure. There’s a lovely garden cloister, accessed via tours (English available; from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6:30pm Tuesday to Saturday) that include a mediocre museum of religious art and treasures.

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1. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

0.12 MILES

Displays the work of contemporary artists from Salta and further afield. The space is well lit and usually exhibits high-quality canvases, multimedia…

2. Museo Histórico del Norte

0.16 MILES

Set on the plaza in the lovely cabildo (town hall), this collection ranges from pre-Columbian ceramics through to colonial-era religious art (admire the…

3. Catedral Basilica de Salta

0.18 MILES

Salta’s pink cathedral was consecrated in 1878 and harbors the ashes of (among other notables) General Martín Miguel de Güemes, a salteño (resident of…

4. Centro Cultural América

0.19 MILES

A former church built in French academia style between 1721 and 1732, in 1913 it became Salta’s most important social club until the government took it…

6. Convento de San Bernardo

0.27 MILES

Only Carmelite nuns may enter this 16th-century convent, the oldest building in Salta (though it was rebuilt into its current form in the 1840s after…

8. Güemes Monument


This monument at the foot of Cerro San Bernardo marks the start of the path up the hill.