Parroquia de San Ignacio de Loyola, Buenos Aires

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#16 of 60 in Historic Sites in Buenos Aires
Religious Site Tourist Spot
The oldest preserved church in Buenos Aires, Parroquia de San Ignacio de Loyola is a major landmark and an architectural jewel of the city. Built between 1686 and 1734, the church now serves as the seat of Buenos Aires' archbishop. View the ornate Baroque facade, or step inside to admire a large art collection and pay your respects at the tomb of Juan Jose Castelli, a local hero and one of the leaders of the May Revolution. Using our international travel planner, Buenos Aires attractions like Parroquia de San Ignacio de Loyola can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is obvious that this church has great historical and architectural value and must be visited by tourists, however, I don't expect a very elaborate decoration, because it follows the colonial style, which is very stripped down.
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  • The Church of San Ignacio is the oldest of the city, built by the Jesuits between 1686 and 1722, and part of the Manzana de las Luces. The Church is the work of the Jesuit architects, below is part of the tunnels built in the colonial era, used for defence and smuggling. After the expulsion of the Jesuits from America in 1767, the school of medicine, the National Library and the University of Buenos Aires were installed in the buildings of the Church. At the end of the 18th century, it functioned as the city's Cathedral and became barracks military during the resistance to the British invasion of 1806.
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  • Oldest building of the time of the Jesuits, the Church almost white it seems simple, but it has notable historical value.
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  • One of the important tourist places in Buenos Aires. Most people visit as they go for San Telmo market on Sundays.
  • Lovely catholic church with a good gospel
  • Beautiful church !
  • Very good but nothing great. For short time visit only
  • One of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires city. It is situated in a historical part of the cisty close to the Manzana de Luces and the Cabildo. Beautiful architecture and the inside of the church is exquisite.

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