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Cathedral of Salta

Salta, Argentina
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Ranked #3 of 38 Attractions in Salta
Type: Religious Sites
Owner description: This cathedral houses 16th-century statues of the Virgin Mary and the Cristo del Milagro, which were washed ashore when the Spanish ship transporting... more » Owner description: This cathedral houses 16th-century statues of the Virgin Mary and the Cristo del Milagro, which were washed ashore when the Spanish ship transporting them sank. « less
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Rochester, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

A grand, ornate cathedral in honor of God. I think it's beautiful, in particular, the outside with its shade of pink. Inside is just as beautiful--a lot of gold--and lots of artifacts and statues devoted to Jesus, Mary and different saints. While I prefer things more simplistic and don't think you need to be in a richly decorated cathedral to... More

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buenos aires
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

reminded me of the churches in Cuzco, beautiful. You can also write your petitions to the virgin and Jesus on a book they have there for pilgrims to sign!

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Perth, Australia
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It is huge, decorated richly and has exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in a closed area. There is a Petitions book, which is full of requests in Spanish.

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Austin, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We came here on a chilly and cold Salta winter day. Sure, the homeless frequent churches for similar reasons, but we had a camera. It was actually one of the first churches in South America we'd visited where pictures are allowed. And what beauty and magnificence this cathedral has! It's a pretty walk around this church. It's well adorned and... More

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Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Small church in central plaza. Nicely decorated exterior, simple decoration inside. Small cathedral for small city.

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Lima, Peru
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The main altar is wonderful, all sourrounded with gold, all the ceilings are painted and it has many other altars with carved staues

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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185 reviews 185 reviews
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

A gem that is worth a visit regardless of creed or faith. Do not miss its famous tiled floor. The optic illusion charms children and adults alike

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Bellingham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Other than that, just like one of the many other cathedrals in Argentina, not particularly inspiring for us.

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Worcs
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

If you like swathes of gold leaf and lifesize biblical figures you'll like this place. Personally I find it guady and a demonstration of how, inappropriately, the Catholic church chooses to spend it's money.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

What the other reviewers didn't mention is the interesting blend of Catholic (ie Spanish) and pagan (ie indigenous) beliefs which is part of the interesting story of this cathedral. I have not been to a lot of cathedrals in S. America so perhaps this is the same in all of them, but this blend of beliefs is what makes the... More

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