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Capilla Moriah - Historical Building Trelew - Argentina

Capilla Moriah is the oldest surviving Welsh church in the Chubut Valley. Built of brick in 1880 under the guidance of the Gael colony’s religious leader, Reverend Abraham Matthews, it is a simple affair with original kerosene lamps by the altar. To the left of the temple is the vestry, used for community activities (and for a while, it was even a primary school). Capilla Moriah is the only chapel in the Welsh Heartland with a graveyard. Interred here are many of the first colonists who arrived on the Mimosa, including Abraham Mathews, Lewis Jones and Richard Berwyn. Also buried here is Elizabeth Harriet Adams, mother of the first baby born in Puerto Madryn and niece of U.S. President John Quincy Adams.


Moriah and Rivadavia

Trelew, Argentina

Historical Building Types:

Getting There

City bus routes 1 and 5 go as far as Capit√°n Murga and Belgrano ($0.35). From there, walk five blocks down Calle Belgrano to Calle Moriah, then go right one block to the church.

Travel Tips:

Capilla Moriah is one of the regional chapels that serve traditional tea on July 28 to celebrate the arrival of the Mimosa colonizers. At the entrance of the churchyard is a map of the Welsh chapels in the valley. Capilla Tabernacle downtown is another of Trelew’s Gaelic temples (Belgrano 345, Tel.: 42-1812).

Price Description:

Adults: foreigners $1.60, Argentines $0.60. All children enter free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 10 a.m., 2 p.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday noon, 4 p.m.

Days Closed:Saturday, Sunday

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Visit the other museums in Trelew, or take in a show. Day trip out to Gaiman and Dolavon for more Welsh culture. Visit the penguins at Punta Tombo and the Commerson’s dolphins at Playa Unión.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

Contact Information:
Phone: 1550-3458 / 1539-4211

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