Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Santiago

(4.4/5 based on 7,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • To lose sight of the immensity and the luxury that this Cathedral has. Regardless of religion, well worth knowing!
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  • The building has been altered over the years and displays an interesting range of styles, with, for example, the classic columns and pediments of the exterior set within arches. The interior is long, ...  more »
  • The basics expected from a European cathedral in Santiago. Nice, but not exceptional. Worth visiting if you are by the Centre.
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  • OMG! This place is just a piece of art. Fantastic
  • This cathedral is across from Plaza de Armas so it worth a visit. Very peaceful space and is good for photographers.
  • Beautiful! One of the most well maintained churches I've been to in South America.
  • Nice cathedral. Quintessential Catholic shrine in Latin America. Definitely worth a look.
  • Absolutely beautiful church.