Museo Histórico del Norte


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 fine pulpit from Salta’s Jesuit church). The endless portraits of Salta’s governors wouldn’t be out of place in a Brooklyn beard-and-mustache museum, while the transportation collection includes an enormous 1911 Renault that puts Hummers to shame.

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1. Centro Cultural América

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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…

3. Catedral Basilica de Salta


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. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo


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

5. Iglesia San Francisco

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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…

6. Convento de San Bernardo

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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…