Presiding over the historic town of San Isidro in the northeast region of Buenos Aires Province, the San Isidro Cathedral is the crown jewel of suburban Buenos Aires. It is a popular pilgrimage site for those taking the famous Train of the Coast (Tren de la Costa) along the Rio de la Plata.
Day tours from Buenos Aires often include a visit to San Isidro en route to the nearby town of Tigre, where the highlight is a boat cruise along the Tigre Delta. For the best value, combine a half-day tour of San Isidro and Tigre with a Buenos Aires city tour, an evening tango show, or a sightseeing cruise along the Rio de la Plata.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The San Isidro Artisan Fair, which takes place on the square right outside San Isidro Cathedral, is a popular place to purchase traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
- The church is open to visitors and holds daily services. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
- The cathedral is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get to There
The cathedral is located on Plaza de San Isidro, just across from the central train station. Regular trains run to San Isidro from Buenos Aires; the cathedral is about 40 minutes from Retiro Station.
When to Get There
The cathedral is open daily year-round. The liveliest time to visit is May 15, when the cathedral forms the centerpiece of the annual San Isidro Festival.
Architecture of San Isidro Cathedral
Built on the site of an early 18th-century chapel, the cathedral was designed in 1895 by French architects Dunant and Paquin in an elaborate neo-gothic style. The architectural masterpiece features three naves, decorated with a series of exquisite French stained-glass windows and images of St. Isidro. Highlights include the 226-foot (69-meter) clock tower, an 18th-century statue of Santa Maria de la Cabeza, and a relic of the body of Saint Isidro.