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Catedral Matriz

Calle Sarandi at Ituzaingo, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay
02915 7018
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Ranked #8 of 81 Attractions in Montevideo
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: Notable for its domed bell towers, this 1804 cathedral is the burial place for some of the country’s most important figures.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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181 reviews 181 reviews
150 attraction reviews
594 helpful votes 594 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This House of GOD is not just another Olde Church. There is a different aura about it. With the blend of statuary, art, and artifacts this church has it's own character. Slowly move through the church and take it all in.

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Santiago, Chile
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178 reviews 178 reviews
144 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Located in Plaza Matriz, this catholic church has a beautiful interior and is worth seeing if you're passing by. Many notable Uruguayans are interred here, including former presidents, military leaders and priests. The cathedral was declared a National Historic Monument in 1975. As an added bonus, there was a fair in the plaza when I visited on a Saturday and... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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131 reviews 131 reviews
86 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Metropolitan Cathedral, also called Iglesia Matriz, is the main church in Uruguay, and one of the oldest. In front of Plaza Matriz, it is in the Ciudad Vieja (ancient city).

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Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The cathedral is worth a visit, it respires calm and even grandeur. The 'plaza' in front is kept clean, and on saturdays and sundays there is a small antique market.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I was lucky to visit during Sunday evening Mass. The Cathedral was packed, giving the mass great atmosphere, and the service was truly impressive (even for a total agnostic). Cathedral's interior is beautifully preserved, and it is one of the more elaborate in South America.

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Dublin, Ireland
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92 reviews 92 reviews
40 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Stunning Cathedral in the heart of the old town. Well worth a visit to have a look around and for some quiet reflection.

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Magnolia, Tx.
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152 reviews 152 reviews
29 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We stopped here for a visit while on our own self-guided walking tour of historic Montevideo, & this cathedral has a beautiful early 19th century interior. The exterior facades don't do it justice. The only thing that would've made our visit more enjoyable would've been pre-printed handouts in the top 5 languages of visiting tourists. I looked all over for... More

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

If you are in Montevideo, visiting the cathedral is a great way to get into the history of the city. If you are lucky (like i was) you can even meet the arch-bishop of Montevideo (uruguay's most important religious authority) and he may want to show you around.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I love this little cathedral. The colors are lovely, it's never crowded, there are frequently people actually praying or meditating (nice thing in a church), and often there are gregorian chants or other early church music playing softly and piped throughout.

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Kampala, Uganda
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170 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Worth a visit if you're passing by, but nothing special to see here. It's just another church. Not too bad, not too great.

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