Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Santiago

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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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  • Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral is truly fascinating, every visit I found a new detail on it. From outside to the inside, you'll be amazed. It's open to the community, so you can participate in a mass...  more »
  • Our group paid a quick visit to this cathedral. The architecture and stained glass windows are beautiful and worth a drop in if you are in this area of Santiago.  more »
  • In a very nice and touristic area, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a must see in Santiago. Very easy to access.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Spectacular cathedral. Over the top. Beautiful. Better than European cathedras. However, watch out for the pickpockets and muggers.
  • Apart from being a spectacular monument on Plaza de Armas, the interior is absolutely stunning! Feel free to join mass or simply wander and admire the beauty within. The deus is incredible and please donate as the money goes back to the local community