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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Neighbourhood: 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 and migrates to Corrientes Ave., where theatre 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.
How to get there
  • Catedral • 1 min walk
  • Perú • 2 min walk
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  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio695 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2023
  • DuncanTCH
    East Greenbush, New York1,275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Compass813918
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Dave48838
    Greenville, Michigan682 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • Travelfun001
    Oakville, Canada3,507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pope's former parish
    After many visits to Europe I don't visit a lot of churches anymore but we decided to go in. It's a beautiful and well maintained cathedral. It also houses the remains of Argentine Liberator General Jose de San Martin with an honour guard and we happened to be there for the changing of the guard. Free admission and it was busy when we were here.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique exterior, imposing interior
    The exterior of this cathedral is quite different, looking more like a colonnaded Greek or Roman building than a church. But inside it looks very imposing, with a long nave and lots of stone in the walls and paintings on the ceiling. We always enjoy visiting cathedrals and other large churches, which are generally beautiful and ornate, usually free to enter, and a cool refuge on a hot day. This cathedral was the home to the current Pope Francis, so there were some signs and other notifications about recognizing him. It was a worthwhile stop in our walk around the Plaza de Mayo and its buildings.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The exterior of this cathedral is quite different, looking more like a colonnaded Greek or Roman building than a church. But inside it looks very imposing, with a long nave and lots of stone in the walls and paintings on the ceiling. We always enjoy visiting cathedrals and other large churches, which are generally beautiful and ornate, usually free to enter, and a cool refuge on a hot day. This cathedral was the home to the current Pope Francis, so there were some signs and other notifications about recognizing him. It was a worthwhile stop in our walk around the Plaza de Mayo and its buildings.
Written 4 April 2024
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Eaton_Out
Greenville, SC651 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very good cathedral. No charge for entry. Open to the public. On one end of Plaza de Mayo. Smaller and better than many that we have been in.
Written 3 April 2024
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Travelfun001
Oakville, Canada3,507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
After many visits to Europe I don't visit a lot of churches anymore but we decided to go in. It's a beautiful and well maintained cathedral. It also houses the remains of Argentine Liberator General Jose de San Martin with an honour guard and we happened to be there for the changing of the guard. Free admission and it was busy when we were here.
Written 9 March 2024
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Giuseppe Cincindella
Rosyth, UK1,701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Walking along ghe streets in the centre, the Cathedral is actually in the Microcenter . We visited it inside, nice architecture, busy, the place were the pope was archbishop for years.
Written 3 March 2024
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product-of-canada
Toronto, Canada2,391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
It is worth a look inside this cathedral while in the area....even for atheists like myself. Take a look at the attached photo for photo enthusiasts.
Written 17 February 2024
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deniseEastSussex
East Sussex32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Such a beautiful church set in the centre of Buenos Aires filled with beautiful artwork and golf leaf. It is wonderful to sit and stare at the fabulous dome and enjoy the peace around you.
Written 13 February 2024
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hbhakh
Roanoke, VA2,283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a brief visit to the cathedral during a tour of BA. It's a large, ornate church and contains the tomb of Jose San Martin, which is guarded by soldiers. It's worth a visit.
Written 8 February 2024
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is likely the largest and most beautiful cathedral in Argentina. Very magnificent walls, pillars, mosaics, paintings, statues, tiled floors, and other decorations.
Written 13 December 2023
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Claudia H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This Colonial building has an impressiveand spacious interior, here is found the mausoleum of
General San Martin who liberated Chile, Argentina and Peru-
Written 11 December 2023
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Dave48838
Greenville, MI682 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 24 November 2023
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