Metropolitan Cathedral, Santiago

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    Catedral Metropolitana

    by al2401 Updated Mar 25, 2012

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    The site for the cathedral of Santiago was nominated as far back as 1541. Construction of the current church was started in 1748 and it was consecrated in 1775. The facades were added in 1780 and by 1800 the towers were constructed. Over the years the cathredral was augmented and substantial remodelling was completed in 2005.

    The Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the most beautiful of the Spanish colonial cathedrals. I love the colour and the open-ness without being ovewhelmed by gold leaf.

    The central nave - Catedral Metropolitana Ceiling, main nave - Catedral Metropolitana Stained glass - Catedral Metropolitana Main altar - Catedral Metropolitana Main nave - Catedral Metropolitana
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    Metroplitan Cathedral Santiago

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Mar 4, 2012

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    Located prominently in the Plaza De Armas is La Catedral Metropolitana. It is interesting to note that the cathedral today is actually the fifth that has been built on or near the current location. The first work on a cathedral started back in 1584. That and subsequent cathedrals have been destroyed by fire and earthquakes.

    When we visited Santiago the cathedral was not open to the public. We were disappointed because we were looking forward to visiting the ornate baroque and classical interior. Apparently its hours for visits have become more limited in recent years. Even though the cathedral was not open, to the site of the church were many people, mainly women, who had made a pilgrimage to the church from Northern Peru.

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    by CAMILO9015 Written Mar 21, 2010

    The Cathedral of Santiago was declared National Monument in 1951. Its location dates from the original layout of the city, ordered by Pedro de Valdivia and 1541. In 1745 the present temple begins and later Toesca changes to the facade imposing the classic and baroque style. Its two towers were constructed just by the end of XIX century. In this place rest the mortal remains of the first Chilean cardinal, Jose Maria Caro. The cathedral lodges in its interior the Museum of Sacred Art.

    The west flank of the Square of Arms faces the buildings of the archbishopric and the Church Cathedral. It was the fifth church raised in the place. Initiated during the government of Ortiz de Rosas in 1748, the construction was directed by the architect Antonio Acuña, according to planes proposed by Bavarian Jesuits brothers of Calera de Tango. The Alday bishop presided over its consecration, in 1775. Only five years later, the priest entrusted to the Roman architect to the service of Spanish Corona, Joaquin Toesca, the execution of the facades of the Cathedral and the church of the Shrine. Toesca imposed the neoclassic style. The two towers were added by the end of the 1800. At that time, Archbishop Mariano Casanova made recover the interior of the temple by Italian architect resident Ignacio Cremonesi, author of the traveling idea to stucco the noble original stone and to paint the walls and pilasters with false imitations of marble.

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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    by iwys Updated Jan 12, 2009

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    In 1586 the first cathedral of Santiago de Chile was built, but the church that you see here today dates back to 1748. Four other churches at this location have been destroyed by earthquakes and fire.

    The Cathedral has an ornate baroque interior and a grand altar made of marble, bronze and lapis lazuli. It is open to visitors from 9am to 7pm every day except Sunday. Admission free.

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    The beautiful Catedral Metropolitana

    by Jefie Written Sep 24, 2008

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    Santiago is prone to big earthquakes (those of 1647 and 1730 were particularly severe), and the Catedral Metropolitana actually is the fifth cathedral built on the same spot, its predecessors having sustained important seismic damage. Construction began in 1748 and it was completed in 1780. Although its neoclassical facade makes it look rather conventional, it is well worth going inside to take a look at the lavishly decorated nave and altar. Admission is free, and the Cathedral is open to visitors from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm every day except Sunday (9:00 am to 12 noon).

    Catedral Metropolitana, on Plaza de Armas Inside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago
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    the great interior

    by globetrott Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    Dont miss to take a look inside the cathedral at Plaza de Armas, the main sqaure of Santiago. The cathedral has an ornate baroque interior, great frescos and paintings and is full of decorations all over, a wonderful mixture of marble, lapislazuli and bronze..
    The cathedral is also a great place to cool down on a hot summerday.

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    The cathedral at Pl. de Armas

    by globetrott Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    In 1586 the first cathedral of Santiago de Chile was built at this place but the church that you see at this place today dates back to the year 1748. 4 other churches at this place had been destroyed by earthquakes and fires.
    Go inside and take a look at the nice baroque interior, its worth it and free of charge.

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    A visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral

    by WStat Updated Dec 17, 2006

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    The history of the Metropolitan Cathedral began with the church "Iglesia Mayor de Santiago", founded by the citie`s creator Pedro de Valdivia. It became after a few years Metropolitan Cathedral under the mandate of Pope Pius IV, who by his bull on June 27th1561, choose Santiago as seat of the new archidiozesis and the archbishop.
    The cathedral is one of Santiagos main tourist attractions, due to its very special beauty and position on the westside of Plaza de Armas, infront of the beautiful green park, contrasting with the modern highrise buildings in a very special harmony.

    Metropolitan Cathedral Plaza de Armas and Cathedral Blooming Jacarandas and modern highrise frame
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    Colonial grandeur

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    The Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago we see today is the fifth such church to stand here on the Plaza des Armas. Four previous churches had been destroyed by fire and earthquake, and although this church was begun in 1748 and consecrated in 1775, it was not completed until the late 19th century when its towers were added. Its baroque interior features 3 long naves with barrel vaulting and there is some fine decoration, most notably the main altar of marble, bronze and lapis lazuli that came from Germany.
    There is the inevitable museum – this one the Museo del Arte Sagrado (the Museum of Sacred Art) with yet more religious works on display, including some fine silver left behind by the Jesuits when they were forced to leave the country. Entry is free.
    The entrance to the cathedral faces onto the Plaza, lovely in the Spring when the jacarandas are out . There are some great photos to be taken any time of year though of the reflection of the baroque curves of the old building in the glass walls of the modern city buildings in the street beside it.

    The city's main church The grand High Altar

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    Cathedral

    by ezaguryk Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Very impressive, with its big wood doors that goes to the Plaza de Armas. In its interior it has three ships, each one of them has its enchantment. When you observe the cathedral from the Plaza de Armas you will observed the contrast that in the side you have a totally modern building that reflex the church imagine

    Muy impresionante, con sus grandes portones de madera que dan a la plaza de armas, En su interior tiene tres naves, cada una de ellas tiene su encanto. Cuando observas la catedral desde la plaza de armas si observaras el constaste de a su lado tienes un edificio totalmente moderno, que refleja la la imagen de la iglesia.

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    Cathedral, the fifth one!

    by tommix Updated Dec 16, 2004

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    The Municipal Cathedral is extremly impressive. With its orderly columns and pediment, and its ornate bell towers, the actual cathedral is the fifth church to be built on this site! The first one was burnt down by Mapuche Indians just few months after it was built, and the others were destroyed by earthquakes in 1552, 1647 and 1730. In 1745 the present building was built by an italian architect Joaquín Toesca y Ricci (he also build Palacio de la Moneda) using baroque and classical styles. Its two towers were completed at the end of the 19th century.Inside notice the main altar, sculpted out of marble and incrusted with bronze and lapis lazuli.
    Note also the intricately crafted silver frontal, which was made by Bavarian Jesuits in the sixteenth century. You’ll find more examples of the Jesuits’ exquisite silverwork in the Museo de Arte Sagrado (Mon 10.30am-1.30pm & 3.30-6.30pm; free admission) behind the main building of the cathedral, along with religious paintings, sculpture and furniture.

    You can see more pictures of Santiago's cathedral in this Travelogue.

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    Dentro da Catedral - Inside de Cathedral

    by dargains Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    Aqui podemos observar toda a beleza e gradeza desta catedral que é uma das mais lindas que eu ja vi, tanto por fora quanto por dentro.

    Aca podemos mirar a toda la beleza y grandiosidad de la Catedral, que es una las mas bellas que yo hay visto en toda mi vida, tanto en el interior como en el exterior.

    Here we can see all the beauty and imponence of the Cathedral, wich is one of the most beautifull i have ever seen in my life, both the interior and the building facade itself.

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    Catedral Metropolitana

    by dargains Updated Sep 29, 2004

    Imensa e Linda igreja, muito rica e com pelo menos 2 orgãos. e alguns altares, inpressiona pelo seu tamanho e estilo de contrução

    Muy grande e lindissima iglesia, possui 2 organos. impressiona por ser tan larga e lo estylo de su construcion

    The greatest and most beautifull church in Chile. What impressed me the most was how big it was, and it´s architectonic style. increadible.

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    The Santiago Cathedral

    by danielcv Updated May 21, 2004

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    I'm not very religious, but I like the architecture of churchs. The Santiago Cathedral at Plaza de Armas is a beautiful building and if you are an eager catholic you will appreciate the setting. The building is very old but is still very well conserved. It's worth the visit if you go to Plaza de Armas.

    Beautiful light trick inside the cathedral
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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    by IIGUANA Written Jan 20, 2004

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    The Metropolitan Cathedral is located at the Plaza de Armas, Santiago's main square. It's downtown. This cathedral has the typical colonial spanish arquitecture, and the inside is quite amazing.

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