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Metropolitan Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral is the main seat of the Catholic Church in Argentina and is located in one of the most symbolic areas of the city, facing the Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by the Cabildo and the Government House.

The first construction of adobe and wood dates from 1593. In the same place, there were five constructions that due to the low budget and poor materials suffered landslides or demolitions. The building we see today was finished in 1852 and in 1911 the decoration of the Cathedral.

The twelve columns of the main entrance of the building symbolize the twelve apostles. On them, we can see the work of Joseph Dubourdieu that represents the meeting of Jacob with his son Joseph in Egypt. Inside the cathedral, there are 3 naves, 6 side chapels and the main altar that stands out for its impressiveness inside the building. In one of the ships is the mausoleum of General José de San Martín, an Argentine hero who was considered one of the liberators of America. In 1942, the Metropolitan Cathedral has been declared a National Historic Monument.

Until 2013, the Archbishop of the City of Buenos Aires was Pope Francis.

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Do not you find a resemblance to the Palais Bourbon or the Church of the Madeleine?

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Av. Rivadavia, between San Martín and Reconquista