Basilica y Convento de San Francisco

Basilica y Convento de San Francisco, Buenos Aires

Basilica y Convento de San Francisco

Basilica y Convento de San Francisco
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About
Built in 1911 and rebuilt and refurbished in 1955, this impressive basilica contains an enormous tapestry and a 20,000 volume library.
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The area
Neighbourhood: El Centro (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Plaza de Mayo • 3 min walk
  • Bolívar • 3 min walk
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14,503 contributions
As other TA reviewers noted - undergoing renovation
Jan 2020
We passed this beautiful edifice many times, each time the museum portion was not available. I've included the method of contact in case you get luckier. fantastic building, we were disappointed.
Written 10 January 2020
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MatthewHelbert
Hebden Bridge, UK89 contributions
The museum is worth a visit
Nov 2019 • Solo
The church itself was closed when I was here, but the museum and cloisters are worth a visit for the beautiful pieces of art and for it being an oasis of tranquility in central BAs
Written 22 November 2019
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chiangmaicharlies
Chiang Mai, Thailand5,592 contributions
Closed due to renovation, most unfortunately
Dec 2018 • Couples
Directly opposite our accommodation in 'Defensa', we would have loved to visit this church, but could only view the outside, much of which was shrouded in scaffolding and sheeting. Even that looked impressive.

The attached museum was closed whenever we went to visit it.

I'm sure that when reopened, the Basilica y Convento de San Francisco will prove an attractive place to visit.
Written 7 February 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
Basilica under renovation
Jan 2019 • Couples
Basilica y Convento de San Francisco which had first been built in 1911 is currently closed for intensive refurbishment. The museum next to the church is open and it contains enormous amount of tapestry and library books.
Written 24 January 2019
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The_Traveling_Expat
Chicago, IL339 contributions
Church Closed for Renovations but Interesting Museum
Mar 2017 • Solo
As of March 2017, the church itself is closed for restoration, but the museum next to the church is open. The museum is small, but it has a lot of religious works ranging from statues, paintings, and relics. Even though the museum does not take a lot of time to visit, it is well put together with signage in English and Spanish.
Written 31 March 2017
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland3,882 contributions
Beautiful, but unfortunately, closed for repairs
Sep 2016 • Couples
The church is closed due to issues with portions of the ceiling's plaster work falling down. One can look into the church from the front entrance. The convent next door is open and can be visited. Much of the front of the building is covered in scaffolding.
Written 17 September 2016
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Impressive frontage
Dec 2013 • Solo
One of the first churches you come to if you walk down Defense from Plaza de Mayo. It is topped by a couple of beautiful towers in Italian Neo-classical style dated 1815. Between them is a gold statue of St Francis surrounded by Dante, Giotto, and kneeling as his feet is Christopher Columbus. If the church is open you should go in and check out one of the world's largest tapestries. On Sunday's you can combine this with a walk down Defense to the very popular San Telmo market.
Written 4 June 2014
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Globebugs
Australia3,118 contributions
Beautiful architecture & gorgeous coloured exterior...
Feb 2013 • Friends
This is one of the oldest churches in the city of BA with Jesuit architecture and a baroque façade that was later added to give it a more European look. You can walk here if seeing the San Telmo neighbourhood or nearby Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo - church entry is free.

We were on a one-day walking tour (highly recommend doing this) so we didn’t have time to visit inside - we had missed the opening times. However, externally there are white pillars and a beautiful statue atop the entry door roof. Looking on the right and left of ‘San Francisco’ are Dante, Giotto and a kneeling Christopher Columbus – the colour is a gorgeous buttery gold.

The church is open every morning then again in the afternoon
and inside the church are an extensive library and a stunning tapestry created by Argentine artist Horacio Butler.

Enjoy your visit!
Written 30 August 2013
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elsiek
London861 contributions
Church & museum
Sep 2012 • Couples
Once inside the church, you think it is enormous, but it is a trick to the eye as you realise that there are only two very narrow lines of pews - therefore giving it that feeling of width. All established by the Franciscans. Look out for the large tapestry. To the left hand side of the entrance to the church is the museum - free entry - donation appreciated. Your passage through the rooms is accompanied by that chanting music. It is a little bizarre to walk along next to life sized models of previous Franciscan friars wearing clothing of their day. What is good is the tribute to Fray Pedro Errecart who was a friend of the Perons. Check out their history
Written 21 September 2012
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NJ-Eric
NJ440 contributions
The Strange Thing Is...
Apr 2011
The strange thing is that as you get here they have lots of signs about how you cannot see the attached convent, and that you cannot see the attached chapel for the nuns, and that the museum requires tickets to enter, but no signage at all about the basilica, which is right there, and which you can just walk in. It is pleasant enough, but was not really worth the effort to figure it out to see it.
Written 9 May 2011
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