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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  • Located on the Plaza de Armas, its massive lines hold the eye. This is a dark monument, inside and out. Worth visiting for its architecture, side altars, and cheery-looking bright-marbled main altar. ...  more »
  • This church is located within the town square and the history behind it is amazing. You need to go with someone who can translate the stories, as they have a cript with 4 hearts located one side of th...  more »
  • on your visit to plaza de las armas, stop at the Cathedral, walked in and was having mass, don't call attention to photographing everything, because it's not allowed, but we got pictures of the interior of the Cathedral and is wonderful. The place for religious broadcasts peace and a fantastic acoustic. As for arquitetutura and we talk. Is very worthwhile.
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  • Impressive for Americas. I want here just before Sunday midday and attended mass. Beautiful cathedral. Not as impressive as in Europe, but one of the most impressive ones I have visited in the Americas. Also nice that almost all tourists respected the mass service, attending or staying in the back as not to disturb. Only thing I could not understand how Chile allowed an ugly modern office building to be built right next door, completely destroying the architectural harmony of the Plaza de Armas.
  • I'm an atheist, but I do like visiting cathedrals to understand more of the culture and history of the cities that I visit. This is a beautiful cathedral.
  • beautiful architecture. impressive catholic monuments inside.
  • 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.
  • Spacious, nice stained glass windows. It's a good place to observe catholic culture in Chile.
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