Top Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Caracas

Caracas has an amazing variety of traditional and modern religious buildings built in different architectural styles. Many of the structures are simple but have beautiful painted glass windows and wood altars. This tour will guide you to some of the most noteworthy religious buildings in the city.
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Top Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Venezuela » Caracas (See other walking tours in Caracas)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: susan
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes
  • Basílica de la Santa Capilla
  • Caracas Cathedral
  • Iglesia de San Francisco
  • Basílica de Santa Teresa
  • Santa Rosalía de Palermo
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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes

1) Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (must see)

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes is one of the important religious buildings in the city. It’s a very old Catholic church that dates back to 1614 and combines Baroque style with Solomonic columns and foliated volutes. The church has been refurbished multiple times since it was first built roughly four centuries ago. In 1960, it was officially declared a National Historic Monument. Be sure to visit this religious masterpiece!
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Basílica de la Santa Capilla

2) Basílica de la Santa Capilla

Basílica de la Santa Capilla is a copy of a church in France and is one of the old churches in the city. The church was declared a National Monument in 1883 and is frequently visited by tourists hoping to see its famed interior. Revel in its fine glass windows and its traditional Catholic style.
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Caracas Cathedral

3) Caracas Cathedral (must see)

The Caracas Cathedral is the seat of the archdiocese of Caracas, located in one corner of the Plaza Bolívar. The colonial chapel of the Trinity is notable because it is where the parents and wife of Simón Bolívar are buried. The construction of the cathedral was begun in 1666 by Juan de Medina, to replace a small church that was destroyed in the earthquake of 1641. Construction was completed in 1674. The facade, dating from 1771, is the work of Francisco Andrés de Meneses. After the earthquake of 1812, one of its towers was damaged and later reduced in size. A frontispiece was constructed in the facade in 1866. In 1932 and during the 1960s restoration and modifications were made throughout the building.

The cathedral has a romanesque plan consisting of five naves: a central one and two minor ones on each side. The central nave is separated from the lateral ones by octagonal columns with composite capitals, supporting round arches. The main altar and altarpiece are inside the presbytery located at the end of the central nave. The sacral art in the cathedral contains among others The Resurrection by Rubens, the Presentation of the Virgin by Murillo, and the Last Supper, an unfinished work by the Venezuelan painter Arturo Michelena.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Iglesia de San Francisco

4) Iglesia de San Francisco (must see)

Iglesia de San Francisco is one of the most visited churches in the downtown area of Caracas. It is a Catholic church built in 1593. Because of an earthquake, it has suffered some architectural damage, but retains its same original style. In 1956, it was named a National Monument. Visit this Neo-Baroque style church and learn more about its important role in the cultural history of Caracas.
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Basílica de Santa Teresa

5) Basílica de Santa Teresa (must see)

Basílica de Santa Teresa is one of the most important Catholic churches in the city and is a large complex that hosts the wooden statue of St Paul. It is composed of two churches unified by an altar. Besides the statue of St. Paul, the church offers a rich display of paintings, glass windows and impressive columns.
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Santa Rosalía de Palermo

6) Santa Rosalía de Palermo

Santa Rosalía de Palermo is one of few churches in the city that have a place devoted to children. The church is not large, with a capacity of 350 people, but its architecture and beautiful interior make it worth a visit. The friendly local priest will offer you detailed information about the church's history and the daily life of the congregation, as well as will answer any questions you may have.

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