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Buenos Aires Cathedral
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Architecture,  Temples, Churches
Temples, Churches

Buenos Aires Cathedral (Сatedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires) is the main Catholic building in Buenos Aires. It is located in the heart of the city, overlooking Plaza de Mayo. The cathedral was rebuilt several times since its construction in the 16th century.

The current structure is a combination of several architectural styles. The temple has statues and altars of the 18th century, as well as luxurious decor in the Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque styles. The first temple, built of wood, was consecrated in honor of the Holy Trinity. But its history was not so long, just a quarter of a century. Later, there were some wooden churches, but they were also demolished.

The construction of the cathedral started in the middle of the 18th century and was completed in 1791. After 31 years, the central facade changed, and impressive columns were added. Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires was damaged several times. In May 1752, the nave of the cathedral broke down. The facade and towers remained in their place, but the rest of the construction needed to be restored. The architect Manuel Alvarez de Rocha was rebuilding the dome. In 1778, the facade and towers were demolished because of the size discrepancy. Then, the military engineer Jose Custodio de Sa e Faria made a new project of the facade. But there was not enough money, and the cathedral was consecrated in 1791 without the facade. It was built only in the 19th century, after 1826.

Between 1860 and 1863, the sculptor Joseph Dubourdieu created the reliefs of the pediment. He chose the biblical scene of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s reunion in Egypt. It symbolizes the unity of the Argentine nation after a series of fratricidal wars.

Address: Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires

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