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Cathedral Metropolitana

Cathedral Metropolitana © Richie Diesterheft
Cathedral Metropolitana © Richie Diesterheft

Situated in the Plaza de Mayo, the neoclassical Cathedral Metropolitana houses the tomb of General José de San Martin, the revered hero who liberated Argentina from the Spanish. The mausoleum is guarded by three sculptures, each a life-size female figure representing Argentina, Chile and Peru. It also contains the remains of General Las Heras, General Tomas Guido and the Unknown Soldier of the Independence. The cathedral has been periodically rebuilt and renovated since the 16th century, its gilded columns, Venetian mosaic floors and silver-plated altar in pristine condition. Some interesting things to see in the cathedral are the two pulpits, a wide variety of colonial sculptures and paintings, and the 1871 Walcker Organ, one of the finest examples of its kind.

Address: San Martin and Rivadavia streets, Plaza de Mayo

Telephone: +54 11 4331 2845

Admission: Free