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.
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