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article imageThe historic Cathedral of St. Isidore, patron saint of farmers Special

By Igor I. Solar     May 4, 2014 in Travel
San Isidro - Considered one of the most beautiful churches in Argentina, St. Isidore Cathedral was restored between 2002 and 2009, faithfully respecting the Neo-Gothic style of the original building, emphasizing the beauty and grandeur of its architecture.
San Isidro is a municipality with about 300,000 inhabitants located on the southern bank of the Rio de la Plata, in the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The distance between San Isidro and Buenos Aires is 21 km.
Around 1580 the Spanish explorer and conquistador Juan de Garay, the founder of the city of Buenos Aires, distributed to his soldiers numerous plots, villas, farms and ranches across the northern coast of the city, including the area now known as San Isidro. However, the town of San Isidro as such was founded by the Spanish captain Domingo de Acassuso in 1706 at the time he built the chapel of St. Isidore the Labourer.
Initially the chapel was an adobe hut with a thatched roof. It was Acassuso’s private temple, built in his estate in honor of San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers, patron of Madrid, known for his piety toward the poor and the animals. Subsequently, the chapel was converted into a public temple attended by the farmers in the region to pray for better crops.
St. Isidore Cathedral  San Isidro  Buenos Aires.
St. Isidore Cathedral, San Isidro, Buenos Aires.
The public chapel was very small. It was built with brick walls and tiled roof and led by a priest named Fernando Ruiz who lived in a modest hut near the chapel. Years later, in 1720, a new church was built, also scanty, but larger. This church survived until 1895 when it was demolished because the dreadful structure was threatening collapse.
In October 1895 the foundation stone of the present building was laid. In October of 1906, two centuries after the construction of the first chapel, the beautiful neo-Gothic building, designed by European architects Jacques Dunant y Charles Paquin, was consecrated. In 1957, when the Diocese of San Isidro was created, the church became a Cathedral. In October 1963, it was declared a "National Historic Site."
St. Isidore Cathedral  San Isidro  Buenos Aires.
St. Isidore Cathedral, San Isidro, Buenos Aires.
The cathedral occupies an area of 1,300 square meters in the shape of a Latin cross. The church has three naves; it measures 60 meters long and 18.5 m wide, except on the wide section of the cross, reaching 29 m. The tower is 68 meters high. At the top of the tower there are six bells. Further down, the tower holds a four-sides clock. The clock’s mechanism is the original installed in 1902; it is wound up every week, works with counterweights, and it’s kept in perfect condition.
Central nave of St. Isidore Cathedral  San Isidro  Buenos Aires.
Central nave of St. Isidore Cathedral, San Isidro, Buenos Aires.
The cathedral is located about 200 meters away from the San Isidro railway station, and in front of Mitre Square. In this square operates every weekend since 1971 the “San Isidro Craft Fair”, the oldest craft fair in the Province of Buenos Aires. About 100 stalls sell a variety of handcrafted products made of leather, metal, wood, fabric and ceramics.
Each year on May 15, religious festivities take place in the city of San Isidro to celebrate the dignity of work and to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Isidore the Labourer in 1130. Isidore was canonized in 1622 as the saint patron of farmers, peasants, day laborers, and brick layers.
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