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La Plata Cathedral
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Architecture,  Temples, Churches
Temples, Churches

The main Catholic construction of La Plata is Cathedral de La Plata, consecrated in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. It is one of the largest religious buildings in Latin America.

This stunning, luxurious, magnificent temple is located in the historic center of La Plata. The facade of the Catedral de La Plata, made in the neo-Gothic style, overlooks the Moreno Square. Inspired by the European cathedrals of Amiens and Cologne, its exterior was designed by architects Ernesto Meyer and Pedro Benoît.

Construction was started in 1884. In 1932, the temple was given the status of a cathedral. It consists of the central and two side naves. The cathedral has an area of seven thousand square meters, it accommodates seven thousand people, and is 120 meters long and 76 meters wide. Its facade is decorated with unique wooden sculptures.

The cathedral not just has a spectacular facade, it is decorated inside. The floor has pink, black, and gray granite tiles. 37 windows attract your attention with impressive stained-glass windows, depicting scenes of the Old and New Testament. 4 confessional rooms are made of oak by the master Miguel Schenk.

It is a true masterpiece.

In the 30s of the 20th century, it was found out that the construction of the cathedral has a flaw. Builders were afraid that the basement could not sustain a load, and stopped the work. The spires remained incomplete, external work also was not done. In the 90s of the last century, the city authorities decided to finish the building. They strengthened the basement, repaired the facades, completed the spires, erected a new bell tower with 25 bells. Catedral de La Plata got a new life. 

Address: Calle 14, B1900

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