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 day trip website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Santiago.
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  • The building has an architectural structure that strikes inside there are various works of art that can visit and know as also the tombs of the illustrious encountered inside the Cathedral... It is a place that even though it is full of tourists and visit on a daily basis and throughout the day also has its place for rejoicing prayer and contemplation with God
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  • Go to the Center is necessary to know the plaza de armas of Santiago where is the Cathedral among other places that are typical for this place. Bad time too foreigners sitting everywhere, these are almost all migrants used this place as a meeting point. Anyway we are insurance are there police vigilance on all sides.
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  • It is worth to visit the Cathedral of Santiago. One of the best options is to take advantage of the free guided tour on Monday which departs from the tourist office located 100 metres away on the same square.
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  • In a short trip to Santiago, we found time to visit the Plaza de Armas. Of the architectural wonders - decided to stop in the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. I could have spent hours there in observational study of the details within. It is truly one of the treasures of the New World.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Santiagos biggest cathedral. Nice to stop by on a hot day and cool down a little bit inside.

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