Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Buenos Aires

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Junín 1998, Recoleta +54 11 4803-6793

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    Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Adjacent to the Recoleta Cemetary, this 18th Century Jesuit church is the 2nd oldest building in Buenos Aires and has been extensively restored since. It is worth looking inside for its baroque silver alter piece and its pre-hispanic features. You can go upstairs to its cloisters, which were opened to the public in 1997, which is now a small musuem which houses religious artefacts over the centuries. You can get great views of the Cemetary down below! There are guided tours available in Spanish and English.

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    Imposing White Colonial Church

    by mircaskirca Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A large and beautiful gleaming white church Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar is the oldest church of Buenos Aires which has an architecture of Baroque style. Considered one of the best-preserved examples of Argentine colonial architecture, the church was built by the Franciscan Recoleto in 1732 and is the adjacent to the cemetery. Its ornate silver altar, tile work and chapels deserve more than a quick look. There is an Inca style sun made in silver in front of the main altar.

    The church's former monastery is now the Centro Cultural Recoleta (www.centroculturalrecoleta.org), a dynamic cultural centre with exhibitions, performances and workshops, and the Buenos Aires Design (www.designrecoleta.com.ar).

    Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar beside the famous Cementerio de la Recoleta is where Buenos Aires' elite families hold weddings and other ceremonies. The church is in front of Plaza Francia. It normally gets crowded during the weekends when the tourists go to the artisan's fair and visit the cemetery.

    The church is open daily 8am-9pm; free admission.

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    by fachd Written May 16, 2008

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    While walking towards Cementerio de la Recoleta we visited Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Inside the white colonial church the interior resembled baroque style with beautiful ornate interior. Nuestra Señora del Pilar is a Catholic Church.

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    Lovely Little Church--Our Lady of Pilar

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    Our Lady of Pilar Basilica is situated outside the walls of Recoleta Cemetary. It is an 18th century church built by Jesuits. Beautiful, vibrant carvings can be seen and appreciated inside the sanctuary.

    The carvings are vivid portrayals from the Bible. They fill the sanctuary with a holy awe and tell a compelling story at the same time! A small museum exhibiting articles of worship and a few relics was open to the public for a small fee.

    We found this little chapel to be fascinating! The peacefulness of the sanctuary despite the many visitors made it seem a lovely respite in this teeming city.

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    Beautiful church, lots of history

    by trvlrtom Updated Oct 4, 2007

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    You can't miss this: it's located just to the right of the entrance to the Recoleta cemetery. Dating back to 1732, it is the oldest house of worship in BsAs - a beautiful example of colonial architecture with many pieces of sacred art. The museum is worth a visit, not only for the artifacts but just to walk up the old stairs and get a deeper sense of the old architecture. Guided tours are also offered through the old cloisters.

    Outside the basilica you should take note of the view of old Buenos Aires made from tiles. Look to the left before entering the church.

    If you plan your visit on a weekends you can wander through several lanes of booths selling art and craft items. There is a lot of nice handmade jewelry, leather goods, etc.

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    Iglesia del Pilar.

    by euzkadi Written May 23, 2006

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    Next to the Recoleta´s cemetery is located the Iglesia del Pilar. Built by the Jesuit architect Andres Bianchi in 1732. A very interesting church; has one nave and an altar brought from Bolivia with a silver front made by Jujuy indians.

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    Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar

    by sof76 Updated May 10, 2006

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    This is a very nice collonial church that is in Recoleta, it is called Nuestra Señora del Pilar. It used to be white, then it was painted in white and yellow, but they painted it in white again some years ago...
    It was built in 1732, it's one of the best examples of argentine collonial architecture.

    Construida en 1732, es uno de los mejores ejemplos de arquitectura colonial argentina. Emplazada en un entorno urbano de notables valores naturales y culturales, vecina al Cementerio de la Recoleta y al Centro Cultural Recoleta, quien ocupa parte de la construccion del siglo XVIII. Precedida por un amplio atrio enrejado, la nave unica tiene altares laterales barrocos. En su interior se conservan piezas de gran valor: el frontal del altar mayor, obra maestra del arte barroco del Alto Peru (hoy Bolivia), con impronta de artistas indigenas; la talla de madera de San Pedro de Alcantara, del siglo XVIII, y el Altar de las Reliquias que, segun la tradicion, fue obsequiado por el rey Carlos III de Espa?a. Tanto el reloj del frente, de origen ingles, y las reliquias de los santos Urbano, Victor y Juan Apostol en el altar del mismo nombre fueron embarcadas en 1777 desde España con destino a la Basilica.
    La fachada principal es obra del arquitecto jesuita Andres Blanqui, a quien algunos tambien adjudican la autoria de la traza. Esta compuesta por la torre, que remata en un capitel acampanado, revestido en azulejos Pas de Calais, el nartex avanzado y el frente propiamente dicho. La espadaña, doble, soporta un reloj esferico.
    La iglesia fue restaurada en los años '30 / '40, y en epocas recientes se le devolvio el esquema de color original, totalmente blanco, en reemplazo de la impostacion neocolonial, con acentos ocres en los elementos compositivos.

    MUSEO DE LOS CLAUSTROS DE LA BAS?LICA DE NUESTRA SE?ORA DEL PILAR
    Martes a Sabados de 10.30 a 18.15 hs. Domingos de 14.30 a 18.15 hs. Entrada: Bono contribucion $ 1. Menores de 9 años $ 0,50

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    IGLESIA DE NUESTRA SENORA DE PILAR

    by mtncorg Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Set on the north side of the Recoleta cemetery, this church is the second oldest – 1732 – in BsAs. It is a treasure house of colonial architecture and sacred art. Guided tours are offered hourly through the old cloisters. In front of the church, to the east, begins a swath of parks that swings around to the north and extends to the northwest, separated from the huge Parque 3 de Febraro by a few stylish blocks of Palermo Chico.

    On the weekends, a large art and craft fair is held along the walks in front of the church with thousands to be found browsing about the different stalls or sunbathing on bits of grass between the paths.

    Church gleams early on Sunday morning
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    BASILICA DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL PILAR

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 27, 2004

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    La Iglesia del Pilar está emplazada en un entorno urbano de notables valores naturales y culturales, vecina al Cementerio de la Recoleta y al Centro Cultural Recoleta, que ocupa parte de la construcción del siglo XVIII. Precedida por un amplio atrio enrejado, la nave única tiene altares laterales barrocos.

    Pilar's Church is located in an urban environment of notable natural and
    cultural values, nextdoor to the Cemetery of the Recoleta and the Cultural
    Center Recoleta that occupies part of the 18th Century construction. It was
    preceded by an ample barred atrium, the unique nave has Baroque lateral altars.

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    by goshawk301 Written Feb 3, 2004

    The whitewashed walls of the Church of Our Lady of Pilar were bright against the clear blue winter sky of Buenos Aires, reminding me of the colors of the Argentine flag, on that Saturday morning when we visited Recoleta. The church, founded in 1732, is modest in size and somewhat in contrast to the extravagance of the cemetery next door.

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    The museum

    by andal13 Written Dec 4, 2003

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    The museum inside the cloisters of Nuestra Señora del Pilar has a lot of interesting stuff, which manifest a very important part of the religious history of Buenos Aires.

    El museo ubicado dentro de los claustros de Nuestra Señora del Pilar tiene diversos objetos de interés, que ponen de manifiesto una parte importante de la historia religiosa de Buenos Aires.

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    Los Claustros del Pilar

    by andal13 Written Dec 4, 2003

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    The cloisters of Nuestra Señora del Pilar are some galleries situated by the church, which have not been remodeled since its building in 1716 (the church was inaugurated in 1732).
    These cloisters were used as a way to climb to the pulpit and bell-tower, and as storehouse. Nowadays there is an interesting museum inside them. The cloisters can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sundays from 2:30 to 6:00 PM.

    Los Calustros de Nuestra Señora del Pilar son un conjunto de galería situadas junto a la iglesia, que no han sido remodelados desde su construcción en 1716 (la iglesia fue inaugurada en 1732).
    Estos claustros fueron utilizados para acceder al púlpito y al campanario, y como depósito. En la actualidad hay un interesante museo en su interior. Los claustros pueden ser visitados de martes a sábados de 10:30 a 18:00, y los domingos de 14:30 a 18:00 horas.

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    Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar

    by andal13 Written Dec 4, 2003

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    Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar) is the name of an ancient church situated at La Recoleta. This church and convent was founded at the 18th century, and it belonged to the Recoletos (an order of franciscan friars).
    The church is not too big, but quite nice; its main attraction are the cloisters.Nuestra Señora del Pilar was named Basilica and declared National Historical Monument at 20th century.

    Nuestra Señora del Pilar es el nobre de una antigua iglesia situada en La Recoleta. Esta iglesia y convento fue fundada en el siglo XVIII, y perteneció a la Orden de los Recoletos (unos frailes franciscanos).
    La iglesia no es demasiado grande, pero bastante linda; su principal atracción la constituyen sus claustros. Nuestra Señora del Pilar fue elevada a la categoría de Basílica y declarada Monumento Histórico Nacional en el siglo XX.

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    Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Pilar

    by acemj Updated Nov 18, 2003

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    The Church of Our Lady of Pilar dates to 1732 and is located right next to the Recoleta Cemetery. I'm not sure what architectural style it is classified under, but I noticed some Baroque elements. It's quite beautiful inside and there was some information about concerts that are sometimes held here as well that was available near the front door. Visiting the church is free.

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    Basilica del Pilar

    by Frisbeeace Updated Jun 17, 2003

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    This 18th-century church is considered one of the best-preserved examples of Argentine colonial architecture. Don't miss the ornate silver altar, the chapels, and the skulls and bones at the entryway which are the remains of some of the area's early inhabitants.

    Visit it in along with the Recoleta Cemetery and the Recoleta Cultural Centre and the Buenos Aires Design Center (its former monastery) which are right next door on both sides.

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