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San Ignacio de Loyola Church

It is known as the oldest church in the City of Buenos Aires. The first construction was in 1608 in an area near the Plaza de Mayo and was under the call of Our Lady of Loreto, but when Ignatius of Loyola is beatified the church takes that name. In 1661 the Jesuits must abandon the first construction in Plaza de Mayo and an adobe construction is carried out where we currently see it today.

In 1710 the current building began to be built. The Church of Gesu in Rome was modeled to design the church plan. The building has 5 side chapels communicated through arcades over which runs a high gallery, which gave more capacity to the church to receive the students of the school. At the same time, it was used to carry out numerous acts and celebrations in the temple, including open councils.

In 1807 the invading English troops tried to take the temple, but they were rejected. In 1955 there was what was known as the burning of churches, San Ignacio was not the exception, which burned the altars, several images, furniture and relics.

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Below the church there are tunnels that connect the Apple of Lights, with the National School Buenos Aires and strategic points of the city.

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Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.


Bolivar 225