Catedral Primada
Catedral Primada
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This 1827 cathedral, a mixture of several architectural styles, houses the remains of Argentine Liberator General Jose de San Martin in a marble mausoleum.
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Neighborhood: San Nicolás
Immersed in the sound of honking horns and the footsteps of busy office workers, the Microcentro area of San Nicolás is where visitors will encounter the true hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, walking down streets lined with office buildings and banks. The financial district is well-known for its vibrant atmosphere and unstoppable rhythm during office hours. After dark, the hubbub migrates to Corrientes Ave., where theater lovers might start their evening at a play and end it in one of the many traditional pizzerias nearby. During the day, Corrientes is known for its many bookshops and classic cafés, which are located just minutes away from some famous landmarks, like the Obelisco, Avenida 9 de Julio, and the Teatro Colon.
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  • Skaramoosh
    Edmonton, Canada3,970 contributions
    Thumbs Up!
    A couple of minutes from Plaza de Mayo sits the Catedral Metropolitania de Buenos Aires. It's a beautiful cathedral both inside and out, built in the 18th century. History buffs will enjoy this visit. It is the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires. Recommended!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Florian254
    1,426 contributions
    Impressive even coming from Europe
    Catholoc churches in south America tend to be pretty impressive and that is no exception. Lot´s of decorations impressive architecture and interesting history all combined without the bad conscience that below the cathedral is a no christian temple buried by the Christians. Your guide will get you there so simply enjoy.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio695 contributions
    Best Church in Argentina
    First of all this is a Roman Catholic Cathedral . Second this most beautiful church in Argentina. Third the cathedral is were the Tomb of Jose San Martin who is the Argentines George Washington . Lastly, it is just a lovely church .
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 31, 2023
  • DuncanTCH
    East Greenbush, New York1,272 contributions
    Magnificent Cathedral in the Heart of Buenos Aires
    Catedral Primada is a stunning cathedral in the center of Beunos Aires. The size of the building is breath taking and the details throughout are amazing. Personally, I loved the domed ceiling that reminded me of the Pantheon and their tomb of the unknown also is exceptionally moving, complete with guards in dress uniforms and flags. It was also heartening to see the church activity used by the community, with various outreach projects highlighted at the entrance to the cathedral. Definitely want to spend an hour here walking around and taking in all of the details...there certainly are plenty of them.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Compass813918
    4 contributions
    Such a blessing
    Attended the very end of a traditional mass. The choir sounded like angels. The organ mixed with traditional Argentinian stringed instruments were beautiful. The paintings and statues were lovely. It was such a blessing to attend even part of a service!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Dave48838
    Greenville, Michigan661 contributions
    Worth a Pause
    This is a lovely cathedral that gives the feeling of open spaciousness. The decorations and accoutrements are what you might expect in most cathedrals. The building is right on the main square of the city. The cathedral is special for two reasons: First, one can imagine Pope Francis saying mass when he was the bishop in this house of worship. Secondly, it has the grave of San Martin, the national hero. When we were visiting, school groups were being instructed at the tomb and we were fortunate enough to see a military honor guard approach and conduct a tribute.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 24, 2023
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Hetal S
18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We entered this sacred place without much expectation and we were left with our jaws dropped. Pope Francis performed sermons here for 20 years and San Martin’s tomb is in this church. Please make sure to visit. It is located in Playa de Mayo.
Written January 1, 2020
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Adrianne W
Charleston, SC95 contributions
Mar 2020
This church does not look like a typical Catholic church from the outside. That alone makes it worth the visit. Inside, however, it is gorgeous, with things to see in every corner. The mausoleum of San Martín is splendid, and the formal guard imposes a sense of gravity as well. Finally, since it was the home church of the current pope, it's worth seeing his context and background before the papacy.
Written March 9, 2020
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,262 contributions
Jan 2020
I do not know what all the fuss is about, but this was by far the busiest cathedral in our visit to South America. People were everywhere. Fortunately we arrived just in time to witness the changing of the guard, which was a real highlite. It seems that this happens every two hours starting at 9:30 AM.
Written January 30, 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,342 contributions
Jan 2020
The cathedral is open 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM on Mondays-Fridays, 9AM-6:45PM on Saturdays and Sundays. No admission fee. Photos without flash allowed. This cathedral was built on the site of an original colonial church and was finished in 1827. It is a religious and architectural landmark that contains the mausoleum of General Jose de San Martin, Argentina's most revered hero. He led the country to independence in 1816.
Written April 23, 2020
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MelBr75
Curitiba, PR1,755 contributions
Feb 2020
Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires. It is located in the city center, overlooking Plaza de Mayo, on the corner of San Martín and Rivadavia streets, in the San Nicolás neighbourhood. It is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and the primatial church of Argentina. Beautiful interior.
Written February 12, 2020
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Bill C
Vancouver, Canada4,282 contributions
Jan 2022
This cathedral is also known as Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires (Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires). It’s right next to the Plaza de Mayo. This was where Pope Francis led Mass when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The cathedral also contains the mausoleum of General José de San Martín, the man that led the struggle for independence of Argentina from the Spanish Empire.

It was definitely worth a visit to see the ornate interior of the cathedral. There is no admission fee to go inside. Photography is permitted inside with no flash. There was a sign in Spanish at the entrance featuring Pope Francis.
Written June 25, 2022
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Juan C
Las Vegas, NV402 contributions
Dec 2022
Place full of history and art. Its architecture, its paintings on the ceilings, the tomb of the Liberator San Martin. It is a combination between religious faith, art and history. If you are lucky you can admire its excellent choir accompanied by the organ or the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Liberator San Martin.
Written February 9, 2023
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Florian254
Norddeutschland1,426 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Catholoc churches in south America tend to be pretty impressive and that is no exception. Lot´s of decorations impressive architecture and interesting history all combined without the bad conscience that below the cathedral is a no christian temple buried by the Christians.

Your guide will get you there so simply enjoy.
Written March 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DuncanTCH
East Greenbush, NY1,272 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Catedral Primada is a stunning cathedral in the center of Beunos Aires. The size of the building is breath taking and the details throughout are amazing. Personally, I loved the domed ceiling that reminded me of the Pantheon and their tomb of the unknown also is exceptionally moving, complete with guards in dress uniforms and flags. It was also heartening to see the church activity used by the community, with various outreach projects highlighted at the entrance to the cathedral. Definitely want to spend an hour here walking around and taking in all of the details...there certainly are plenty of them.
Written July 5, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Compass813918
4 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Attended the very end of a traditional mass. The choir sounded like angels. The organ mixed with traditional Argentinian stringed instruments were beautiful. The paintings and statues were lovely. It was such a blessing to attend even part of a service!
Written July 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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