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Cathedral of Salta

Salta, Argentina
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Ranked #3 of 36 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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Perth, Australia
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181 reviews 181 reviews
52 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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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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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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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146 reviews 146 reviews
59 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We must have visited at least a dozen cathedrals throughout Argentina, and unfortunately, one would think that they all had the same architect and the same interior designer. Just like all the others, this cathedral also has a beautiful ceiling. I must say that the exterior light pink coloration is quite attractive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Again, churches can fall into the "you've seen one you've seen them all" category but the devil is in the details, per say. It's the ornate, gold ridden detail that enchants. Strangely, there is something lush about this colonial, classic cathedral.

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