Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Santiago

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Built over a period of five decades from 1748 to 1800, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) was a long time in the making but, for those who appreciate spectacular architecture, worth every stone. The Spanish cathedral still serves as the center of the archdiocese of Santiago de Chile, and as the seat of the region's archbishop. The cathedral's twin spires, which used to tower imposingly over the city, now stand in the shadow of modern buildings--the cavernous interior still impresses. Admire the intricate frescoes adorning the roof, thousands of black and white tiles forming a pattern on the floor, and the stark, austere crypts. Put Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) into our Santiago day trip website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Santiago.
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  • Nice stop when visiting Plaza de Armas. Beautiful church. It's interesting to see which saints were popular in the area. 
    Nice stop when visiting Plaza de Armas. Beautiful church. It's interesting to see which saints were popular in the area.  more »
  • The cathedral is situated at the Plaza de Armas. Imposing outside, beautifull inside. Neoclassical , worth a visit. 
    The cathedral is situated at the Plaza de Armas. Imposing outside, beautifull inside. Neoclassical , worth a visit.  more »
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  • Gorgeous building on the outside but truly spectacular on the inside. Definitely worth a visit regardless of religion.
  • Long stopover at a glorious hotel here but was bed-bound after a short flight from further South. Exceedingly proud people and excellent hosts during our short stay in their capital city. There was a heat wave during our stay and local concerns about global warming. Stay was soon over and then an interesting climb out-over the Andes. Large areas of deserted hills / mountains with some peaks topped-off with the white stuff.

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