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Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago) is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, currently Celestino Aós Braco, and the center of the archdiocese of Santiago de Chile. Construction of the neoclassical cathedral began in 1753 and ended in 1799. The architect was the Italian Gioacchino Toesca. Further alterations ordered at the end of the 19th century gave it its present appearance. Previous cathedrals in the archdiocese had been destroyed by earthquakes.
Impressive for Americas. I want here just before Sunday midday and attended mass. Beautiful cathedral. Not as impressive as in Europe, but one of the most impressive ones I have visited in the Americas. Also nice that almost all tourists respected the mass service, attending or staying in the back as not to disturb. Only thing I could not understand how Chile allowed an ugly modern office building to be built right next door, completely destroying the architectural harmony of the Plaza de Armas.
In a short trip to Santiago, we found time to visit the Plaza de Armas. Of the architectural wonders - decided to stop in the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. I could have spent hours there in observational study of the details within. It is truly one of the treasures of the New World.
beautiful architecture. impressive catholic monuments inside.
Spacious, nice stained glass windows. It's a good place to observe catholic culture in Chile.
Beautiful cathedral in the middle of Santiago. Outside it's not that impressive but inside it is beautiful.
I'm an atheist, but I do like visiting cathedrals to understand more of the culture and history of the cities that I visit. This is a beautiful cathedral.
A beautiful icon in Plaza de Armas. I suggest you go early before most of the people arrive so that you can get some good photos... also the light is generally much better... unless it is overcast, once the sun rises over the rooftops of the square, it will be too strong to take decent photos.