Cathedral of Salta
Cathedral of Salta
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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.
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Berthaki
Arequipa, Peru256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The colors and style of this cathedral are simply unique. There are several local saints unknown to the foreigners. There is also a small vault honored to the heroes of the region, most of them related to the independence process. I think that it should be interesting to have a permanent guard at this vault and to have it open for the public as is San Martin's tomb in Buenos Aires cathedral.
Written November 21, 2022
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carito c
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Salta’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Salta, Argentina. The cathedral is dedicated to Jesus Christ as the “Lord of Miracles” and the Blessed Virgin Mary as the “Our Lady of the Miraculous Rosary”. This cathedral hosts 16th-century statues of the Virgin Mary and the Christ, which appeared when the Spanish ship transporting them sank.
A new cathedral was built after an earthquake destroyed the old building. Services (misas) began after the project was completed in 1882.
In 1899 Pope Leo XIII (13) granted a decree of Pontifical coronation for it.
The Cathedral was inaugurated and opened to the public on 20 October 1918 and finally declared a national monument.
Written February 13, 2024
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Maureen S
Darwin, Australia735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Catedral Basilica de Salta is a magnificent well maintained cathedral. Walking inside, I felt the atmosphere was so peaceful. I was in awe of its magnificent frescoes and impressive stained-glass windows. I loved the pink and white exterior, especially at night when it is lit up. Well worth a visit.
Written April 24, 2020
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Trail736987
Bolton, UK25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
asking for monies while people are starving outside dosnt seem right. I like the people not rude or aggressive, all seem to speak english and there are lots of skinny people and homless familys but the place is beautiful. There is also siesta from about 1pm when shops shut
Written January 9, 2020
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AtlCorwin
Atlanta, GA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Cathederal of Salta dominates the 9th of July (Independance Day) Plaza and central business district of the city. It has the traditional, South American melding of saints with pagan predecessors as depicted in the statuary and paintings. It provides the final burial place of General Guemes, hero of Northern Argentina's Independance: unfortunately, he died during the war and history has given him second place to General San Martin from the Buenos Aries area.

Our tour guide and book told us the altar is gold: but it has to be gold plate or gold leaf. The work is over 30 feet high, 40 feet wide, and at least another 30 feet deep: all in gold, all statuary, sun and moon beams, cherubs, etc. Although Salta did sit on the main route from Bolivian gold mines to Buenos Aries to Spain, if they held that much gold it would require more guards than the entire police force of the city.

More beautiful, and more famous as well, is the Church of San Francisco. At night, it is lit so as to display the architecture. Also younger by almost 300 years, the look and feel is definately more French and Italian, rather than Spanish Colonial.

Spend the day in downtown Salta: see their Cabildo, the churches (one local claimed there was a church every 3 blocks in Salta) and enjoy the people. They were friendly, honest and outgoing. The one question everyone asked us was "Why Salta?" Most of the tourists there are graciously welcomed from other parts of Argentina. The Europeans come a close second and stay much longer. North Americans are a rarity.

Getting to Salta is expensive, but you can shop and get a good price. Once there, stay a while and the cost of travel drops as you enjoy fine meals (though limited variety in the menu) in the best restaurants for $US 5 - 10 including wine and dessert, cab rides for $US 1 - 2 most places, and an environment that encourages walking.

One warning: the winter there is short and the low freqently runs around freezing, with a high in the 60s. Pack to allow layering of clothes and be prepared to make some shift in clothing every few hours. ALSO, many landlords offer no heat (or a single small space heater for an entire house) so try to get that matter solved in advance if this is a problem to you.

I spent my summer vacation in winter and enjoyed it. The family members all had different goals and we all met them: but more on that later.
Written August 11, 2005
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davidgoldberg1
Toronto, Canada460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
This remarkable construction is listed in a compendium of the Seven Most Beautiful Churches in South America. So far, I have visited 6 of the continent’s individual countries, and other than in Quito, I have not come across a more impressive example of religious architecture, as beautiful inside as it is in its exterior. This, the 3rd version, was constructed in the 2nd half of the 18th Cent., and although it is in harmony with the rest of the main square where it is located (Plaza 9 de Julio), it has distinct Italian as well as Hispanic features. The façade is symmetric, with two towers of similar shapes at each end, and between them, over the main entrance, a pyramidal porch. Balustrades, cornices, and Corinthian pillars provide interesting decorative motifs without breaking up the intrinsic unity of the design. Standing well back and facing the façade from the other end of the square, a lovely dome can be seen emerging from the roof, matching the cupola in the church’s interior.
Entering, it is immediately apparent that the building has 3 naves, a horizontal transept, a stunning gilded tabernacle in lieu of an alter in the apse, and (corresponding to the external dome) a beautifully decorated cupola. The left and right naves are divided into various chapels and in their walls some lovely stained-glass windows are embedded. The central nave is supported by powerful pillars partially clad in exotic marble, and arches stretching the entire length of the church, and skillfully decorated with frescoes and mosaics mainly in brown and red colours. The ceiling is painted with abstract designs predominantly in blue and green, contrasting with the burnished colours below. The overwhelming impressions are of piety and great wealth conjoined ------- quite astonishing given the overall poverty that permeates this province. Where on earth did all the money come from? Those who gave their lives for independence are honoured by the Pantheon to the Northern Campaign that also contains the remains of two of the victorious Generals. This beacon that shines by day is also lit up at night, adding real magic to the entire square, and indeed to the city as a whole.
Written January 26, 2015
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Marc B
Montreal, Canada108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Must-see in Salta on the main square. Impressive from the outside, even more from the inside. Very beautiful at night.
Written February 11, 2020
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Freewunderlust
London, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Spectacular!

Utterly incredible.

Do not miss this, take some time to really let the beauty of this ASTOUNDING cathedral sink in.

It is one of my favorites in the world.

Just beautiful.

Written January 29, 2020
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HELEN K
Lochmaben, UK129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It will only take a few moments to see this cathedral but it’s worth it. Gloriously painted columns and beautiful side alters. The main alter quite takes you breath away.
Written January 23, 2020
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Tany U
Ko Pha-Ngan, Thailand25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
A Beautiful cathedral right in the center of the small city Salta.
Decoration is beautiful and if you happen to attend a misa at Semana Santa (September ) an enlightenning experience is promised !
Written January 4, 2020
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