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Private Churches Of Buenos Aires Tour

Country: Argentina
City: Buenos Aires
Duration: 4 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Half Day Tour

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Buenos Aires possesses a rich Colonial heritage, and its churches are a fundamental part of it. In this tour, we’ll trace back the active role the Catholic Church played in the country’s political history.

We start our journey at the Manzana de las Luces (The Block of Lights), occupied by the Jesuits since 1633. On this plot the order built started in 1712 the construction of Bavarian-Baroque San Ignacio de Loyola church.

A few meters away lies the San Francisco Basilica, built in 1725. This imposing church has elaborate façades, towers and ornaments; its style mixes elements of Bavarian Baroque and Neoclassical.

We then continue to the Santo Domingo Basilica, built between 1751 and 1783. There we find General Manuel Belgrano’s Mauseoleum, who created the national flag.

Next we visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, actually more resembling a Greek temple than a Catholic church. The construction of the new Cathedral, which replaced the old one, started in 1727; unfortunately it was defective and collapsed in 1752. The reconstruction was commanded to Antonio Masella, who didn’t live to see if finished. It wasn’t until the first decades of the 19th century that the façade was built, the actual same one we see today. In the Cathedral we find José de San Martín’s mausoleum; although San Martín is considered to be the country’s founding father, he was a Mason, so his rests are actually located outside the Cathedral’s original layout.

Next, we visit Nuestra Señora de la Merced, a Baroque temple built in 1721. Particularly worthy of mention are the San Ramón convent patios, full of lovely flowers and trees.

Finally, we visit the Santa Catalina de Siena convent, the city’s first monastery for women. It was built in 1727 in the Baroque style, and stands out for its surprising state of preservation.

Approximate duration: 4 hours.

Included services:

• Bilingual guide specializing in Buenos Aires’ History, Arts, and Architecture.

• Transportation and transfers in a comfortable, top of the line vehicle. Uniformed driver.

Note: It is possible to add a splendid lunch at Santa Catalina de Siena’s charming restaurant. There we’ll enjoy a moment of peace and quietness at the convent yard, admiring the luscious garden.

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