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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral

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Centuries of History, Architecture and Worship

In the city center of Buenos Aires, on the Plaza de Mayo, is one of the great churches of Latin America. First established five centuries ago, the church has been built, torn down, rebuilt, collapsed, rebuilt again and finally constructed in phases from the 18th through the 19th centuries. As such, it is a magnificent building that combines many architectural styles that somehow meld into a beautiful structure. From the Rococo-style gild wood altarpiece to the Venetian-style mosaics, every detail will enchant you. Be sure to admire the 1871 Waicker organ with 3,500 pipes, a state-of-the-art instrument of its time and still considered to be one of the best in the world. Guided tours are available, usually conducted in Spanish. The gift shop is of particular interest since it includes items from Pope Francis, who, as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, served at this cathedral.

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