Tourist Attraction in La Plata: Catedral de La Plata Inmaculada Concepción
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of La Plata is the main church of the Archdiocese and the city of La Plata, designed by the Departamento de Ingenieros of the province of Buenos Aires, led by the engineer Pedro Benoit ; the drawings were made by architect Ernesto Meyer. The cathedrals of Amiens (France) and the cathedral of Cologne (Germany) were inspired by its construction. It has a neo-gothic style. The first stone was placed in 1884, placing the foundation act in a crystal urn together with silver and bronze coins, bank notes and a medal with the image of Pope Leo XIII; this urn is in a black marble case bearing the DOMINANT DENOMINATION 1884. On December 22, 1902, the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows was inaugurated in the fiftieth anniversary of the city and the church served as a cathedral from 19 November 1932. The parish church of Our Lady of Sorrows (lower church) and the cathedral church of the Immaculate Conception (upper church) are open to worship. At the end of the 1930s, the construction of the cathedral was interrupted for many years. According to some studies, the original foundations were inadequate to complete the towers and dress the stone cathedral, as expected in the original design. In the mid-nineties, sixty years after the interruption of the works, the Cathedral Factory announced that the building would be restored and completed. The restoration and completion works include: reinforcement of foundations; the containment of the deterioration of bricks and joints; the completion of the two side towers, six towers, 200 pinnacles and 800 spars, and the restoration of the artifacts present; the installation of a chime of 25 bells. the replacement of the main body iron cross. You can admire the beauty of polished mirrored pavement, made of granite stone from Olavarría (pink), Calamuchita (black) and San Luis (gray). The 7,000 square meters of roofs are the work of Luis Tiberti. It counts 89 windows, of which 37 are stained glass windows (of French and German origin) with scenes from the Old and New Testament. The confessionals are four, made of oak from Slovenia by José Shenke. The cathedral contains many wooden statues of Tyrolean sculptor Leo Moroder. Remarkable is the choir's choir by the Tyrolean sculptor Leo Mahlknecht in collaboration with the Vigilio and Augusto brothers. In the crypt lies the tomb of Dardo Rocha and his wife Paula Arana. At the end of 1994 it was considered one of the ten most important cathedrals in the world. His name was recorded on the floor of the Basilica of Saint Peter, in the Vatican. The Cathedral of La Plata with its 112-meter-tall towers is the highest cathedral in America, followed by Manizales cathedral, 106 meters high, from Zamora Cathedral in Mexico, 105 meters high and the cathedral of St. Patrick's in New York, 100 meters high. The highest church of the Americas is St. Joseph's Basilica in Montreal, 129 meters high, while the Quito National Basilica, whose towers are 117 meters high, is the highest church in the South American continent.