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Cordoba, Argentina - Top Must See Is The Gothic Church

Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2008 April 2014   » View Photoset (40 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I have visited Cordoba twice now, it's very much the same as any other Argentine city in the way it looks. In fact, while here I was thinking to myself that
Argentina Photo - A 4 monkey stone fountain on a street corner in Cordoba.
A 4 monkey stone fountain on a street corner in Cordoba.
I could be in Buenos Aires, Rosario or Salta. Argentinian cities tend to start looking the same after a while with their abundance of statues, monuments and grid pattern streets. If you have been to or are going to Buenos Aires then a stop in Cordoba may not be necessary, it is kind of a small version of the capital in a way. However, if you enjoy the theatre and arts, Cordoba is known as the cultural capital of the Americas. There is much to see and do around the city and the nearby mountains offer travelers activities such as climbing, trekking and biking.

City Tour

After an all night bus for 9hrs from San Juan, arriving in the morning, finding a room and sleeping until early afternoon, I ventured out into the central city. Starting from Cordoba's main square Plaza San Martin and it's statue of Jose San Martin on his horse. The plaza has a fountain and bench seats located under palm trees. The attractive cathedral is on one side as well as other historical buildings. Beside the cathedral is Pasaje Santa Catalina, a lane that serves as a memorial to a bunch of people tortured and murdered in the mid 1970's, there are photos of these people hanging above the lane. Nearby is Plazoleta del Fundador with a statue of Cordoba's founder Jeronimo Luis de Cabrera (1528-1574) and church Monasterio de Santa
Argentina Photo - Church San Francisco in Cordoba with a monument of angels in front.
Church San Francisco in Cordoba with a monument of angels in front.
Catalina de Siena (1814). The pink church Iglesia y Monasterio San Jose Carmelitas Descalzas (1622-1770) is a national historical monument. Next to it is the house where Argentinas first poet Luis Jose de Tejuda was born in 1604. The streets around Plaza San Martin
Argentina Photo - Cordoba's cathedral in the early morning sunlight, streetlamp still on.
Cordoba's cathedral in the early morning sunlight, streetlamp still on.
are quite leafy and shady. After lunch at my hostel I explored some streets away from the center a little. I came across church Basilica de la Merced with its murals on the outside walls and monument to San Pedro Nolasco (1189-1256). There are a ton of churches and they all look different from each other. I saw Iglesia San Jorge (1926), the pink and white wooden church Iglesia del Santisimo Sacramento and the stone Capilla Domestica (1644/1688). I walked along the Paseo de las Flores where on each side historic facades face the street. Here I saw the national monument Legislative Palace and art for sale on the sidewalk. Funny, for a place called 'The Flower Walk' (Paseo de las Flores), I didn't see any flowers. I was back at the main plaza where the tourist office is located on one side, there is a small museum / church on another called 'Museo Eclesiastico Dean Gregorio Funes'. That was day 1 in Cordoba.

Sarmiento Park

On my 2nd day starting early morning from the main plaza I walked about 8 blocks to Cordoba's main park called Parque Sarmiento. I started at Plazoleta Dean Funes near a
Argentina Photo - Pedestrians only walking around the shops in central Cordoba.
Pedestrians only walking around the shops in central Cordoba.
bunch of bronze busts and monuments and entered the park. Parque Sarmiento is not a bad place, there's a lagoon, bridges to 2 islands and heaps of space. How safe it is I am not sure. I was told by someone to keep my eyes open and also I saw a bunch of homeless people sleeping right in the middle under one of the bridges. The park has an exercise station called 'Estacion Ramon Carrillo' with exercise equipment for locals to use, a family turned up to use it while
Argentina Photo - A sculpture of a family at Plaza Espana in Cordoba.
A sculpture of a family at Plaza Espana in Cordoba.
I was there. There is an outdoor theater called 'Teatro Griego'near the monument of Italian poet Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321). Outside Park Sarmiento is Plaza Espana with a bunch of stone sculptures.

Top Pick! The Gothic Church

As I continued down the road back towards the city center I came to the most amazing Gothic church called 'Parroquia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Padres Capuchinos'. You really need to see this church to believe it, talk about fine detail and an intricate facade. I would rate this church as the most mind-blowing sight I saw in the whole city bar none, a must see! Down the road a little again is the last sight I saw in Cordoba - church San Francisco before catching a bus to the airport for a 1hr flight up to my old haunt Salta and continued on to Cafayate.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Cordoba (Argentina) to:


Map location: Cordoba, Argentina. A smaller version of Buenos Aires, it has an awesome Gothic church worth seeing and a nice city center.
 A : Santa Fe - Argentina 338 kms 338 kms straight distance | 4hrs 44mins 4hrs 44mins by car (373 kms) | 5hrs 40mins 5hrs 40mins by bus (373 kms) (373 kms)
 B : Rosario - Argentina 377 kms 377 kms straight distance | 4hrs 11mins 4hrs 11mins by car (421 kms) | 5hrs 1min 5hrs 1min by bus (421 kms) (421 kms)
 C : Parana - Argentina 357 kms 357 kms straight distance | 5hrs 46mins 5hrs 46mins by car (422 kms) | 6hrs 55mins 6hrs 55mins by bus (422 kms) (422 kms)
 D : San Juan - Argentina 401 kms 401 kms straight distance | 7hrs 18mins 7hrs 18mins by car (572 kms) | 8hrs 45mins 8hrs 45mins by bus (572 kms) (572 kms)
 E : Mendoza - Argentina 459 kms 459 kms straight distance | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by car (652 kms) | 9hrs 31mins 9hrs 31mins by bus (652 kms) (652 kms)
 F : Cafayate - Argentina 614 kms 614 kms straight distance | 9hrs 23mins 9hrs 23mins by car (719 kms) | 11hrs 15mins 11hrs 15mins by bus (719 kms) (719 kms)
 G : Colon - Argentina 591 kms 591 kms straight distance | 7hrs 44mins 7hrs 44mins by car (726 kms) | 9hrs 16mins 9hrs 16mins by bus (726 kms) (726 kms)
 H : Buenos Aires - Argentina 645 kms 645 kms straight distance | 7hrs 18mins 7hrs 18mins by car (726 kms) | 8hrs 45mins 8hrs 45mins by bus (726 kms) (726 kms)
 I : Paysandu - Uruguay 593 kms 593 kms straight distance | 7hrs 57mins 7hrs 57mins by car (729 kms) | 9hrs 32mins 9hrs 32mins by bus (729 kms) (729 kms)
 J : Fray Bentos - Uruguay 595 kms 595 kms straight distance | 8hrs 6mins 8hrs 6mins by car (736 kms) | 9hrs 43mins 9hrs 43mins by bus (736 kms) (736 kms)
 K : Mercedes - Uruguay 623 kms 623 kms straight distance | 8hrs 23mins 8hrs 23mins by car (754 kms) | 10hrs 3mins 10hrs 3mins by bus (754 kms) (754 kms)
 L : Mercedes to Carmelo - Uruguay 619 kms 619 kms straight distance | 8hrs 48mins 8hrs 48mins by car (789 kms) | 10hrs 33mins 10hrs 33mins by bus (789 kms) (789 kms)
 M : Mendoza from Santiago - Argentina 536 kms 536 kms straight distance | 9hrs 50mins 9hrs 50mins by car (815 kms) | 11hrs 48mins 11hrs 48mins by bus (815 kms) (815 kms)
 N : Carmelo - Uruguay 633 kms 633 kms straight distance | 11hrs 3mins 11hrs 3mins by car (855 kms) | 13hrs 15mins 13hrs 15mins by bus (855 kms) (855 kms)
 O : Santiago to Mendoza - Chile 613 kms 613 kms straight distance | 11hrs 40mins 11hrs 40mins by car (921 kms) | 14hrs 14hrs by bus (921 kms) (921 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Cordoba, Argentina:

Cordoba Backpackers Hostel, Cordoba, Argentina - Large Photo
Cordoba Backpackers Hostel, Cordoba, Argentina (April 2014 - 1 night) - This hostel is located about 5 blocks from the central plaza in a slightly crazy part of town. I got a private room for $90 pesos - a good price, shared bathroom of course. The hostel has everything you need for cooking, wifi, large outside patio and tv room. There are shops and street markets outside and all around. Seemed like quite a laidback place to me. Recommended.
Residencial Nueva Trinidad, Cordoba, Argentina - Large Photo
Residencial Nueva Trinidad, Cordoba, Argentina (April 2014 - 1 night) - A rent by the hour type of hotel located near the bus terminal. I had a room with bathroom and cable tv. I intended to stay 2 nights but they wanted to double the price for the 2nd night because it was a Friday so I left. There are several cheap hotels just around the back of the bus terminal if you arrive late or don't want to go searching around town for something better. Can't really recommend a place like this though.
Tango Hostel, Cordoba, Argentina - Large Photo
Tango Hostel, Cordoba, Argentina (Jul 2008 - 2 nights) - Really cool and relaxed, nice home cooked dinners, tv room, bean bags and great friendly staff!

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