Monday, July 7, 2014

Basilica Nuestra Senora del Pilar

This 18th Century Jesuit Church is located adjacent to the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires Argentina.  It was originally built in 1732 by Franciscan Recoleto and has been beautifully restored in recent years.

It is built in Baroque style and is considered one of the best preserved examples of Argentine colonial architecture.  The ornate silver altar table is stunning framed by the golden backdrop of the altar.

On the second floor of the church is a small museum that houses religious artifacts from over the centuries.

They sparkle and shine inside glass cases.

There are also windows that offer wonderful views of the cemetery from a higher vantage point.  It's a good place to snap a few pictures of the complex maze of tombs that lay below.

I'll post more photos from inside the cemetery in another post.  It really is a "must see" for any visitor to Buenos Aires.


Andy said...

Outstanding photography Sharon.

Judy said...

You got some nice pictures. I especially like the night shot of the building.

Thérèse said...

Such a difference between the architecture and the luxury of the altar pieces!

Catalyst said...

Probably a huge difference between that church and the wealth of its poor people, too.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful place, and photography! said...

Recoleta is wonderful, including this church, the cemetery, the art center, and the neighborhood restaurants.