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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 - Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) bust at Parque Sarmiento in Cordoba, an Italian poet.
Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) bust at Parque Sarmiento in Cordoba, an Italian poet.
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 - General Juan Bautista Bustos (1779-1830) on horseback statue in Cordoba.
General Juan Bautista Bustos (1779-1830) on horseback statue in Cordoba.
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 - Log and tree in the lagoon at Parque Sarmiento in Cordoba.
Log and tree in the lagoon at Parque Sarmiento in Cordoba.
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 - A nice area at the park with yellow leafed tree at Parque Sarmiento in Cordoba.
A nice area at the park with yellow leafed tree at Parque Sarmiento in 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 - Tall skinny tree beside a path and grassy area at Parque Sarmiento in Cordoba.
Tall skinny tree beside a path and grassy area at Parque Sarmiento 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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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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