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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  • Visit the Center. The Cathedral is beautiful and has mass on Sundays in Latin. It was a striking place. ...
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  • Located in Plaza de Armas one can't miss this beautiful architectural building and once inside its more impressive with its vaulted colourful ceilings, stained colourful windows , religious statues, p...  more »
  • We stepped in to look, really just another cathedral. Nothing super impressive and not worth a specific trip to see this.  more »
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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.
  • One of the most beautiful cathedral interiors I’ve ever seen
  • 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.
  • 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.
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