Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, La Plata, Argentina- Part 1

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the main Catholic church in the city of La Plata, Argentina; at 14th street between Avenues 51th and 53th, facing immense Square Moreno, the geographical center of the city. Projected in 1880 under the direction of the engineer Pedro Benoit. They were inspired by the cathedrals of Amiens (France) and Colonia (Germany) and has a neo-gothic style, inaugurated in 1932 but his two giant front towers, 117 meters high, were completed in 1999. At the end of 1994, it was considered part of the ten largest cathedrals in the world and because of this, its name was inscribed in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Outside the cathedral is 120 m long and 76 m maximum width. The towers of the facade (north-east) have a first floor brick that goes from the ground to the height of 63 meters. The second level is 20 meters high and is built white false stone. The third, 30 meters high, is made of copper. Added to this there are four towers of 56 meters each, one at each corner of the crossing. Above this cross is arranged the lantern tower, 97 meters high, and the bells are in the big tower in the right panel. There are 56 statues on the front and on the two main towers. The largest is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, on which the cathedral itself is dedicated. The window of the rosette has 180 square meters. It also counts with 800 pinnacles, including 761 major needles, part of various decorations, located across the outside of the building.

Tips

You can take the elevator that is on one of the towers to visit and enjoy the beautiful view of the city of La Plata.
After visiting the Cathedral, it is worth walking around to know the city.

Video by Primashock Aerial

Cathedral of Saint Sebastien, Presidente Prudente, São Paulo, Brazil

The Cathedral of Saint Sebastien de Presidente Prudente (municipality in the State of São Paulo, Brazil) is located in front of the square July 9th on the Avenue Coronel José Soares Marconde. The Cathedral was an old dream of the Vicar of Presidente Prudente, José Maria Martínez Sarrión. So, in 1927, he decided to create a commission to collect funds, formed by members of important families at the time: Armelin, Tenorio de Barros, Peretti, Toledo, Franco de Godoy among others.
The plan of the church was done by Francisco Oroz, the construction was realized and interpreted by Francisco Grotto and idealized by Luiz Mesquita. The curious thing is in the design that was in the form of a cross. Work began two years after the commission had been formed. Completed in 1949, the church became the referential point and pride of the city. The work was also done wishing it would become the seat of the diocese, which took place in 1961. It is 558km far away from the capital of the State of São Paulo.

Tips

The Cathedral is open everyday from 8:00 to 20:00 except Mondays (closed.
Don’t forget your camera; for the best images with natural light, make your visit between 8 h 00 and 17 h 00. The images are full of color and with the light of day, you will enjoy all this beauty of colors that will surprise you.
If you suffer with high temperatures, go early or later when the sun is going down because in the morning you have temperatures of 22-24 degrees but during the day, it can go up to 40-44 degrees.
Monsignor José María Martínez Sarrión’s relics lie in the Cathedral.