Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Santiago

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Built over a period of five decades from 1748 to 1800, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) was a long time in the making but, for those who appreciate spectacular architecture, worth every stone. The Spanish cathedral still serves as the center of the archdiocese of Santiago de Chile, and as the seat of the region's archbishop. The cathedral's twin spires, which used to tower imposingly over the city, now stand in the shadow of modern buildings--the cavernous interior still impresses. Admire the intricate frescoes adorning the roof, thousands of black and white tiles forming a pattern on the floor, and the stark, austere crypts. Put Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) into our Santiago vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Santiago.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Very beautiful, huge and located in a square full of historical sites (Museum, post office, ...). I attended a mass on a Tuesday, I recommend knowing the place and the Cathedral.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Catholic churches are preparing for the Pope's visit, there are exceptional arrangements for this reason and are scheduled acts aimed at improving the exterior appearance and interior. The membership in general also is preparing
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  • August 15, 2017
    Those who are Catholic and also those who are not is a place to meet, imposing. One architectural style to enjoy.
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  • June 30, 2017
    A beautiful icon in Plaza de Armas. I suggest you go early before most of the people arrive so that you can get some good photos... also the light is generally much better... unless it is overcast, once the sun rises over the rooftops of the square, it will be too strong to take decent photos.
  • June 28, 2017
    This is a stunning example of colonial architecture. I visited during Semana Santa and the atmosphere​ was spiritual and lively. This a great place to meet up in Santiago​ as it's very central and easy to locate even if your English isn't very good.
  • April 2, 2017
    Ridiculously beautiful church! It's open to the public at all times except during services. One interesting thing I wasn't expecting wasn't open face-to-face confession -- I've never seen this before!
  • June 13, 2017
    Santiagos biggest cathedral. Nice to stop by on a hot day and cool down a little bit inside.
  • June 13, 2017
    Beautiful. You can download an app (instructions at the left side from the principal entrance) and you can get into the history between the architecture, paintings and art inside this cathedral. Every time I came here I find another detail...

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