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“Richly ornate, baroque interior......”

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
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Santiago Stopover City Tour
Ranked #12 of 500 things to do in Santiago
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“Richly ornate, baroque interior......”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

This church has a dominating position in the historical core of Santiago, has an impressive twin towered façade and other features in the neoclassical design. Surrounded by Plaza de Armas this church is one of the ‘must see’ buildings in the city.

What I love about this church is the open feel of the interior that's free of the usual gold leaf on every surface. However the richly ornate, baroque design along the nave and ceiling includes beautiful frescos and paintings - reminds me of a European church. If no services are being conducted then you can gaze closely at the magnificent altar made of marble, bronze and lapis lazuli.

There is a museum next door – the Museo del Arte Sagrado (the Museum of Sacred Art) displaying religious works of fine silver left behind by the exiled Jesuits. Both the cathedral and museum entry is free but make sure the church is open as it can close periodically for pilgrims etc - early closing on Sundays.

We loved it!

Enjoy your experience!

Visited February 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Truly Beautiful”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

I'm not a person who typically likes to visit churches and cathedrals, but this one we just happened to walk into, and it was just absolutely beautiful. There's so much to see that you really need to step back and take it all in.

Visited October 2013
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Brasilia, DF
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“Na Praça das Armas. Igreja com Bela ornamentação interior: vale ser visitada. Beautiful interior ornamentation.”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

A Catedral está localizada no centro histórico de Santiago do Chile, na Praça das Armas. O local é intensamente frequentado e, embora o prédio tenha seja interessante por fora, ele se revela por seu interior com bela ornamentação.

With a Beautiful interior ornamentation that is worth a visit the Cathedral is located in a Central area with many historic buildings. The exterior has an ordinary interest, but the great discover is the inside, where it shows more beautiful. At Square of Arms.

La Cathédrale se trôuve dans le centre ville, à proximité des imaubleus historics. Son face externe et très ordinaire, mais, aux interieur se presént plus belle.

Visited October 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

This is a typical old cathedral. If you like to look at statues, see the ceiling with all of the paintings, feel the spirituality of the building, then make this a stop. We timed it for the Sunday morning mass and enjoyed the extra bonus of the choir, organ and priest saying mass.

Visited October 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Cathedral of many sections”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Beautiful cathedral with many sections to worship and pray. The ceilings are very elaborate as is the front alter.

Visited October 2013
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