Palermo Architecture: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church

Palermo: Guadalupe Church

This imposing romanic Church is not often mentioned in touristic guides. It should be. Located in the heart of Palermo, on Paraguay St., this architectural beauty is worth visiting.

History

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Buenos Aires

At the end of the 19th century, a chapel consecrated to Guadalupe virgin was erected in Palermo. Guadalupe is patron saint of México and the Philippines. Because of the rapid growth of Palermo neighborhood, only a few years after the chapel’s construction, it was too small for the congregation. A new temple had to be built.

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Basilica construction started in 1901 and lasted 6 years.

Architecture

The Basilica was built in a typical Romanic style. It has a central alley, dos lateral alleys and a transept. The two towers are 54 meters high.

Six altars are spread over the large central alley, which is 53 meters long and 20 meters large, and the lateral alleys. The main altar image of Guadalupe Virgin was brought from México.

Location and touristic recommendation

Plaza Guemes, Buenos Aires

Photo: Plaza Güemes, Buenos Aires

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Church is located on Plaza Güemes, on Paraguay St. at Guatemala St. From Palo Santo Hotel, take a bike (15’ ride) or a taxi (10’).

After your visit, you might:

- Walk along Boulevard Charcas and Coronel Díaz Avenue (1 block away). Boulevard Charcas has a large pedestrian portion up to Coronel Díaz Avenue. Enjoy the beautiful tipas trees on both side of Coronel Díaz. Have a drink at one of nice cafés on the Avenue.

- Head to Palermo Soho for some shopping or some drinks (5 blocks away). You will find plenty of designer’s shops, apparel stores and charming coffee shops.

For other recommendations in Palermo, also see:

Buenos Aires Museums Mile: 16 museums in Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro 

Visit Buenos Aires Zoo by night

Bike tours in Buenos Aires: 3 recommended itineraries

 

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