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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  • Easy access on main square...if you like old cathedrals you will not be disappointed...they were getting ready for concert but we were not able to stay...worth your time to visit.  more »
  • Our City walking tour took us by this magnificent structure. It was not open to pedestrians. Unfortunate. The History of building and rebuilding was very interesting. The Old Historical District of....  more »
  • This one us in an important area also so that shows the significance of this cathedral. Take your time and walk around look at the beautiful murals glass and ceilings, truly an inspiring place.  more »
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  • We did not get much of an impression, when looking at the outside of the building, that the interior would be so large and spectacular. This was like finding a pearl inside of an oyster. We opted to sit for some time at the back of the cathedral before moving to seats up front; different experience in each location.
  • …………….From outside this massive solid structure stands strong as with most cathedral worldwide the architecture is always impressive. The inside beautiful as ever and bringing able some awareness of the Almighty who this building was erected in honour of. The doors are always open so you can just wander in and observe the sanctity and sit down in a pew and become quiet allowing the serenity of the immaculate-lii created interior to be absorbed. Two events where well-advertised for the 30th June 2019 name-lii Holy Mass and Sacred Heart Procession of Jesus & Collections for the Charities of the Pope. It was a delight to witness this awesome Place of worship…………….
  • Step into the Metropolitan Cathedral and be amazed. This is certainly one of the darkest cathedral that I've ever visited. Fascinating pieces of art and amazing architecture. This is a must see when you're in Santiago.
  • Great place. There is good history here including homage to soldiers in the Pacific War between Chile and Peru-Bolivia. Don't miss the crypt below the main altar and a chapel full of silver.
  • Very very nice, huge chatedral, early closed.
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