Real Clerecía de San Marcos


Visits to this colossal baroque church and the attached Catholic university are via obligatory guided tours (in Spanish), which run every 45 minutes. You can also climb the Scala Coeli (tower) – some 166 steps, including the bell tower – to enjoy superb panoramic views.

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2. Universidad Civil

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8. Catedral Vieja

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