St. Ignatius Church (Buenos Aires)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

St. Ignatius Church (Buenos Aires)


Saint Ignatius' Church (Spanish: Iglesia de San Ignacio) is a Roman Catholic church situated at the Illuminated Block, in Buenos Aires's neighbourhood of Montserrat. The first building, which was made of adobe, was built by the Society of Jesus in 1675. The southern tower and the present facade were built in 1686, and the rest of the Church construction started in 1712. Today's church was completed in 1722 and consecrated in 1734.

Saint Ignatius is the oldest church preserved in Buenos Aires, and was declared a National Historic Monument in 1942. On June 16, 1955, during a government campaign against the Church, after a failed revolution against Juan Domingo Perón government, Peronist mobs burnt most churches of Buenos Aires, including Saint Ignatius.

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