Catedral Basílica


The Catedral Basílica dates from 1672 and is a marvelous example of Jesuit architecture. The interior is elegant and simple, with marble-covered walls and towering pillars. The sacristy has a beautiful carved jacaranda archway and a painted dome and floor.

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