SANTIAGO | Catedral Metropolitana is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, and the center of the archdiocese of Santiago de Chile. It is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. The neoclassical cathedral was completed in 1800 with further alterations made at the end of the 19th century. It’s one one of several historic buildings in Santiago’s Plaza de Armas.
Several cathedrals have stood on this piece of land over the centuries. The first was built in the early 1600s but destroyed by an earthquake in 1647. After several more earthquakes and destruction, the entire old cathedral was scrapped and the current one built.
Walk inside and you’re greeted with a beautiful, peaceful scene that seems a world away from the hustle and bustle outside. Ornate frescos on the ceiling, gilded columns, and thousands of black and white floor tiles make for a spectacular Tuscan and Roman inspired interior.
Plaza de Armas
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