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Catedral Matriz, Montevideo

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Religious Site Church
The main Roman Catholic church in Montevideo, Catedral Matriz is an ornate, European-style building in the heart of the city. A vestige of Spanish colonialism, a brick version of the cathedral was constructed in 1740, with the current Neoclassical structure replacing it soon after in 1790. A plain exterior hides the elegant interior of gold and marble. Inside you'll also find tombs of notable Uruguayan figures, as well as those who fought during the British invasion. Take a look at our Montevideo family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Catedral Matriz and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We went Sunday when he finished the mass, we call the attention they the cardinal greeted at the door. The architecture is very cute, but not as big as others in Latin America, it is worth visiting it. It has very good information, one should read the plates.
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  • Wonderful church with beautiful obtas of sacred art. Chandeliers are a gem. The pyre all marble font is beautiful. It was worth getting to know.
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  • The doors are kept locked and no way to know if the Church is open to visitors. Inside she is less than other cathedrals I've visited, had few lights on, made it difficult to see the details.
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