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article imagePhoto Essay: Historic and religious architecture of Cordoba Special

By Igor I. Solar     Nov 4, 2011 in Travel
The historic city of Córdoba in Argentina is very modern, but has preserved many buildings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, allowing the visitor to appreciate the magnificent religious architecture of the colonial era.
The city of Córdoba is the second largest population center in Argentina after the capital Buenos Aires. It is located almost at the geographic heart of the country and is considered the cultural capital of Argentina.
Cordoba was founded in 1573 on the banks of the River Suquía by Spanish conquistador Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera and a troop of 100 soldiers. The original name for the city was Córdoba of the New Andalusía in honour of the town of that name in Spain.
The central part the city, around the main square, has interesting historical and cultural sites including many colonial buildings and numerous old churches built by several religious orders. Because of the extraordinary number of churches, Córdoba has received the nickname of "the city of bells". Beyond the historic core, Cordoba is a city with all the conveniences of a modern metropolis of 1 300 000 inhabitants.
Among the major cultural centers of the city is the National University of Córdoba, founded in 1613. It is the first institution of higher education in Argentina and one of the oldest in America. With more than 100 000 students is considered among the most important universities in South America.
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The Córdoba Cathedral (Our Lady of the Assumption) is the main catholic church of the city and the ...
The Córdoba Cathedral (Our Lady of the Assumption) is the main catholic church of the city and the oldest church in continuous service in Argentina. The magnificent church was built between 1601 and 1787. It has a mix of styles including baroque, classical and Spanish colonial. The church has been active since 1706.
Central nave and main altar of the Cathedral of Córdoba.
Central nave and main altar of the Cathedral of Córdoba.
Interior of the Cathedral of Córdoba  Argentina.
Interior of the Cathedral of Córdoba, Argentina.
Interior of the Cathedral of Córdoba  Argentina.
Interior of the Cathedral of Córdoba, Argentina.
Sacred Heart Church (of the Capuchin Fathers). Characterized by its Gothic architecture  the constru...
Sacred Heart Church (of the Capuchin Fathers). Characterized by its Gothic architecture, the construction started in 1926 and was completed in 1934. According with the designer, the Italian architect Augusto Ferrari, the two towers represents the duality of the human body; the truncated tower represents the matter that perishes and decays, while the other represents the soul that ascends.
Main entrance to the Church of the Sacred Heart  Córdoba.
Main entrance to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Córdoba.
Interior  central nave  of the Sacred Heart Church (of the Capuchin Fathers) in the city of Córdoba...
Interior, central nave, of the Sacred Heart Church (of the Capuchin Fathers) in the city of Córdoba, Argentina.
Monument to Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera  founder of the city of Córdoba on July 6  1573.
Monument to Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, founder of the city of Córdoba on July 6, 1573.
La Cañada  symbol of the city of Córdoba  is the partial channeling of a creek  tributary of the S...
La Cañada, symbol of the city of Córdoba, is the partial channeling of a creek, tributary of the Suquía River, that crosses the central part of the city. The channeling started in 1671, but the most recent improvements date from 1944. It is built with stones, lined by huge trees and crossed by numerous bridges.
Historic Cabildo (City Hall)  Palace of Justice and Jail of the city of Cordoba at the San Martín C...
Historic Cabildo (City Hall), Palace of Justice and Jail of the city of Cordoba at the San Martín Central Square. The construction started in 1733, but it was built in various stages, including the adding of the second floor. Currently is a Cultural and Historic Center.
Building of the former Rectory of the National University of Córdoba. Currently it houses a Museum ...
Building of the former Rectory of the National University of Córdoba. Currently it houses a Museum and the Central Library.
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