Buenos Aires, Argentina - January 2006               Interior of Metropolitan Cathedral
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The Metropolitan Cathedral, completed in 1862, has a Renaissance plan of a Latin Cross, with a tiled dome, and three naves. Paintings and sculptures of 18th century European artists and a Peruvian baroque altarpiece adorn the interior. A columned facade was filled with beggars seeking alms from touristas and shade from the sun when we visited. In an alcove a mausoleum houses the ashes of the Great Liberator, General José de San Martín. Uniformed guards protect his remains. This Argentine hero led battles against Spanish armies that led to Argentina’s independence. 

Interior - Metropolitan Cathedral