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Corrientes Churches - Other Activity Corrientes - Argentina

Each of Corrientes’ plazas is the focal point of a church. These temples reflect the city’s long history.

Just a few blocks south of the port is Iglesia San Francisco (Mendoza, between Martínez and Quintana). Named for San Francisco Solano, this is Corrientes’ oldest church. It has eclectic architecture with a hemispheric portico inspired by Saint Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican City. The convent in the rear of the complex dates from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Three blocks west is Plaza 25 de Mayo. On the park’s southwest corner (25 de Mayo and Buenos Aires) is Iglesia de la Merced. This church, originally constructed in 1728 and rebuilt in 1856, has confessionaries carved of cedro wood by indigenous residents of the neighboring missions. The Cautivas are interred here.

Six blocks south along Calle Buenos Aires are Plaza de la Cruz and Iglesia de la Santa Cruz de los Milagros. Behind the altar of this early-Gothic-styled temple built in 1887 are the charred remains of the first cross the Spaniards erected when they founded Corrientes in 1588. Legend states that God sent a lightning bolt to kill indigenous attacking the new settlement.

To the northeast, at Yrigoyen and San Lorenzo, is Plaza Cabral with its Iglesia Catedral. In the front patio of the Italian Renaissance-styled church is the original tombstone of Governor Genaro Berón de Astrada, who fought against Argentine dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas. Berón is now buried inside, along with several bishops. The cathedral’s two bell towers are crowned with blue and white French tiles.

Three blocks north of Plaza Cabral is Iglesia Jesús de Nazareno (Pellegrini, between Santa Fe and San Lorenzo). One of Corrientes’ lesser churches, it nonetheless exhibits an interesting neo-Gothic architecture with round bays on either side of the main entrance.


Corrientes, Argentina

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Getting There

Travel Tips:

Churches are generally open 7 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. If you arrived during a church service, be respectful–don’t snap flash photos.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Bring water, as it gets hot come afternoon. Use sunscreen and a hat.

Visit the city’s numerous museums. Hang out on the Costanera. Visit San Cosme, Itatí and the other villages near Corrientes.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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