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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Open daily
Plaza de Armas, Santiago de Chile

The basics

Metropolitan Cathedral was most recently rebuilt in the 1750s, with the help of Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, who designed the baroque-fringed Neoclassical facade that set the standard for subsequent structures around the Plaza de Armas. As impressive as the stone exterior is, it is the resplendent vault and richly adorned altar inside that draw crowds. A small museum of religious artifacts adjoins the main church. Sightseeing tours of Santiago—as well as the city’s hop-on hop-off buses—include stops at the cathedral. Also consider visiting during one of the church’s organ concerts, featuring an ornate instrument the size of a house. These are held several times a month.

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Things to know before you go

  • With its mix of styles, this is a must-see for architecture enthusiasts.
  • The area around the downtown government buildings, cathedral, and plaza is level and accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Because the cathedral is an active place of worship, visitors should be quiet and respectful, especially if Mass is being held.
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How to get there

Driving in this busy neighborhood isn't recommended, but the Metro's L5 green line drops you off at Plaza de Armas, in front of the main facade of the cathedral. It is also along the route of the city’s hop-on hop-off buses. Or you can grab a cab but make sure that it’s metered before jumping in.

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When to get there

The cathedral is open daily. Masses are celebrated Monday to Saturday twice daily, and there are four Mass services on Sunday. During Holy Week (the week leading up to Easter), there are additional services. If you’re planning to attend Mass, arrive early before the crowds to allow time to take photos. The museum is open to the public on Mondays only.

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Palacio de Bellas Artes

Another architectural marvel, Palacio de Bellas Artes is the home of Santiago’s National Museum of Fine Arts, boasting a permanent collection of works starting in the Spanish Colonial era up until the present day. The building itself features an ornate stone facade and combines Neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles, with a grand glass cupola over the central hall.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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