The 6 churches you can´t miss in Salta
- Published: Friday, 26 February 2016 16:41
Ever since the city of Salta was founded in 1582, religion was a really important aspect for its people. Largely due to its Spanish origin and heritage, Cristianism is by far the most practiced religion in the country and this is reflected in architecture. Since Salta is considered to have one of the most well-kept historical centers in Argentina, you don´t want to miss some of these fine constructions. You will notice how big religion was for the old habitants and how it moves thousands of believers with the power of faith even today.
The Catedral Basílica de Salta y Santuario del Señor y la Virgen del Milagro is located on the North side of Plaza 9 de julio and is one of the main city sights for every traveler. The current building was finished in 1882 and took 20 years to be completed after an earthquake destroyed the original church in 1856. The façade and towers show an Italian style with baroque touches and were declared National Historic Monument in 1941 along with many other buildings in Salta.
Inside the church, you can find the statues of the Señor y Virgen del Milagro, who are taken out for a procession every September 15th. Last year, around 800 000 people attended to renew their pact of faith and prevent the city from suffering more earthquakes. Another important aspect is the pantheon where the remains of many important figures of the independence such as the iconic Martín Miguel de Güemes, the gaucho hero, are kept.
The Basílica Menor y Convento de San Francisco is one of the most photographed corners in the city, Córdoba and Caseros, only one block away from the main square. The building we see today dates back from 1872 and almost two centuries were needed to complete it because many fires compromised the weak original structure. The bell tower, with 54m, is the highest in all of South America.
In 1813, Manuel Belgrano himself (the man behind Argentina´s flag and the face you see in10 pesos bills) was here after the Battle of Salta to honor the fallen soldiers. You can visit the Campana de la Patria, a bell forged with the metal remains of the canons used during the war.
La Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de la Viña is located in the corner of Alberdi and San Juan, just a little bit outside of the centre. It is a fairly similar to San Francisco (her “big sister” who most of times steals all the attention) but in a different and very beautiful colour palette, with a mix of pink, sky blue and white.
It was originally built in 1908 to house the Virgen de la Candelaria. The tower is also one of the tallest in Argentina with 44 meters.
The Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro y San Alfonso is located in Leguizamon Street between 20 de Febrero and 25 de Mayo. A neogothic church built between 1908 and 1911 to keep two copies of the Virgen del Perpetuo Socorro, a painting which is safe in Rome and is believed to have been painted in the 10th century. Every June 27th, the “Knights of the Virgin” ride with one of those copies around the streets of Salta.
The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Merced y San Bautista is only two blocks away from the main square in Caseros street. It is another great example of neogothic architecture; it displays a very elegant collection of vitraux specially brought from Germany.
Erected between 1907 and 1914, it also guards the cross which Manuel Belgrano ordered to place above the tombs of the fallen in the Battle of Salta.
This one-nave chapel was built with the remaining building materials from the Convento de San Bernardo in 1864. It is located in Urquiza street between Buenos Aires and Córdoba and is a nice example of classic colonial construction.
All the visitors, can see this examples on a half day walk, or take a city tour with us.