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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next to the famous cemetary is the beautiful church.Inside the alters are very ornate with gilded works of art and marble monuments. Mass was being said when we were here and a funeral prosession was waiting out front so we didn't linger and took a coupleof pictures fromthe exterior.
Right next to the entrance of the Recoleta Cementary, on the right, is this church which is small but very ornate.