Friday, 28 November 2008

walking to heaven

Plaza de Armas. Main Square Designed by Pedro de Valdivia, it is considered the heart of the city. It is surrounded by the Cathedral, the Audiencia Real (Royal Court), the Central Post Office -formerly the conqueror's house- and Santiago's City Hall. At sunset it becomes a meeting and relaxation point where senior citizens, immigrants or mere passers-by take a rest, feed the pigeons o just hang out under the fresh shade of leafy trees.
The building of the current temple -the fourth one, since the previous three were shattered by earthquakes and fires- was initiated during the government of Ortiz de Rosas, between 1748 and 1775. The new church was located in the same place chosen by Pedro de Valdivia, the city's founder, for the original one.
Joaquin Toesca intervened in its fourth restoration giving architectural unity to the Cathedral, as he blended both classical and baroque characteristics. Inside, it is possible to appreciate three naves, two on the sides and a higher one in the center, as well as a barrel-vaulted ceiling.
Some of the most outstanding features are the main altar, original from Munich and made of white marble with applications in bronze and lapis lazuli; the Holy Sacrament chapel, similar to the Saint John and Saint Paul Martyr chapel in Rome; as well as the organs, pulpits and carved mahogany altar seats, dating from the 18th century.

The Cathedral was declared a National Monument in 1951 and houses the Museum of Sacred Art


Crazy Drile™ said...

subongkot said...

Thank you for showing us
your amazing country ...

it is very amazing and interesting ..

God bless Chile


Suruyevsky. said...

Congratulations Crazydrile!.
Great pictutes. After see these pictures, I'm very proud of my country, because we have a lot of History.
Say No more.-

Crazy Drile™ said...

Your welcome Subongkot, for me a lot of things are new as well

Crazy Drile

ps: I love my Blue shirt! hahhahha, but smell

Crazy Drile™ said...

Yiiiiihaaaaaa!!! Agree Suruyevsky, Im very proud as well...soon Mandriland...That´s challenge! hahhahaha

Cya Mate!


ps: Try to think some chapters in Palaveccino, Litro´s horses...Motoneta Bistoco! C-YA!

soy+pequeno said...

Wooowwwww! es super chula!

Flipo con San Miguel Arcángel!

y tb con San Luis y San Sebastian (no se nos ofendan) :P

Gabriela said...

I am very proud of Chile. It is a wonderful country!!!!

Continue, continue please showing our country... Thanks!!!

Crazy Drile™ said...

I will!
Thanks to everyone!