Catedral Matriz, Montevideo

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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. Make Catedral Matriz a part of your Montevideo vacation plans using our Montevideo trip builder .
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  • A very beautiful old cathedral, more internally. Various images of Saints and beautiful sculptures. Worth a visit.
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  • This is the main Catholic Church of Montevideo, located just in front of the Cabildo, on the Plaza de la Constitución, in ciudad vieja. During the works, carried out with manpower of native tapes brought of the Jesuit missions, was built a first church, very modest, considered to be the predecessor of the current Cathedral. Admission is free.
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  • Even on Christmas day was closed all day. My family and I would like to meet and pray.
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