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Mar del Plata Cathedral

This grand neo-Gothic monument, characterized by its bell tower and multiple spires, lords over the lively main square of Mar del Plata. 

Get in touch with your spiritual side at Mar del Plata Cathedral (Iglesia Catedral de Mar del Plata). Admire its artistic attributes such as carved reliefs, ornate woodwork, sculptures of revered saints and stained-glass windows. The foundation stone of Mar del Plata Cathedral was laid in 1893. It is dedicated to both St. Peter and St. Cecilia. 

The cathedral’s exterior is a masterpiece of craftsmanship. The large structure dominates San Martin Square. It features a tall belfry with a rose window in the center and turrets on either side. Decorating the main façade are handcrafted reliefs portraying scenes from the life of Jesus. Note the recurring appearance of Gothic-style spires. Balustrades, flying buttresses and pinnacles add artistic beauty to the side façades. 

Climb the steps to the main entrance, step inside and discover a veritable feast of artwork. See images of the 12 disciples of Jesus standing atop pedestals. Look up at the tall vaulting over the aisles of the nave and browse portrayals of the Stations of the Cross. Observe as the sun’s rays enter through the colorful stained-glass windows and bathe the church in natural light. 

Examine the collection of opulent altars. The High Altar has images of esteemed saints in addition to a pair of high reliefs. Take time to appreciate the figurines, mosaics and woodcarvings adorning the side altars. Descend a staircase to the crypt, where you’ll find the tomb of Bishop Enrique Rau, the city’s first bishop. Also look for the marble baptismal font and the Gothic ornamentation of the sacristy. 

Centrally located on San Martín Square, the cathedral is a short walk from other major city attractions. Among these are the Colón Theater and Mitre Square. Bristol Beach is a 10-minute walk to the east. Shop for artisanal handicrafts at the stores located on Diagonal de Los Artesanos. 

Mar del Plata Cathedral is open daily and admission is free. Mass services in Spanish take place daily. Check the cathedral’s official website for information about occasional chamber music and choral recitals.


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Mérit Mar del Plata
Mérit Mar del Plata

Mérit Mar del Plata

Libertad 2936, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in La Perla, this hotel is steps from La Perla Beach and Alfonsina Storni Monument. Lorenzo Scaglia Museum of Natural Sciences and San Martin Square are also within 10 minutes. Mar del Plata Station is 28 minutes by foot.

    Gran Hotel Panamericano Mar del Plata
    Gran Hotel Panamericano Mar del Plata

    Gran Hotel Panamericano Mar del Plata

    Hipolito Yrigoyen 1683, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this hotel is steps from Colon Theater, Mar del Plata Cathedral, and San Martin Square. Los Gallegos Shopping Center and Mitre Square are also within 10 minutes. Mar del Plata Station is 26 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Spa Republica
      Hotel Spa Republica

      Hotel Spa Republica

      Cordoba 1950/68, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Mar del Plata hotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Mar del Plata Cathedral, Bristol Beach, and Los Gallegos Shopping Center. Colon Square and Colon Theater are also within 10 minutes.

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        Hotel Corbel

        Hotel Corbel

        Cordoba 1870, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mar del Plata Cathedral, Los Gallegos Shopping Center, and San Martin Square. Colon Theater and Bingo del Mar are also within 10 minutes.

          Hotel Presidente
          Hotel Presidente

          Hotel Presidente

          Corrientes 1516, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bristol Beach, Central Casino, and Millennium Square. Mar del Plata Cathedral and Bingo del Mar are also within 10 minutes.

            Gran Hotel Continental
            Gran Hotel Continental

            Gran Hotel Continental

            Córdoba 1929, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mar del Plata Cathedral, Los Gallegos Shopping Center, and Bingo del Mar. San Martin Square and Mitre Square are also within 10 minutes.

              HOTEL PRINCE
              HOTEL PRINCE

              HOTEL PRINCE

              Santiago del Estero 1649, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mar del Plata Cathedral and San Martin Square. Colon Theater and Bristol Beach are also within 10 minutes.

                Belian Hotel
                Belian Hotel

                Belian Hotel

                1740 La Rioja, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this hotel is steps from Los Gallegos Shopping Center and Colon Theater. Mar del Plata Cathedral and San Martin Square are also within 5 minutes. Mar del Plata Station is 25 minutes by foot.