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The cathedral at Plaza San Martín is the jewel of Córdoba, Argentina. On a Sunday morning, E. and I quietly entered the cathedral and listened to mass. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a religious person, it would be a treat to listen to mass in this spectacular building and feel like a part of its history.
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The Jesuit churches are the city’s main tourist attractions. They are located, for the most part, near the Plaza San Martín. The crypt “Cripta Jesuítica” is worth a visit, although you won’t see any bones.
The crypt is located at Rivera Indarte and Avenida Colón. Don’t miss the entrance—you might mistake it for a subway staircase. When you enter, take note of the life sized Jesus staring down at you with glass eyes.
The street 9 de Julio (which turns into 25 de Mayo) is a pedestrian walk way. Like Florida Street in Buenos Aires, you can find a lot of clothing shops and heaps of pirated videos on sale here. For a culinary change of pace, have lunch at “Verde Siempre Verde,” a vegetarian buffet at 9 de Julio no. 36.
Artisans and collectors present a quality artisanal fair on Saturday nights in the neighborhood of Güemes. If you are staying in the city center, it’s not a difficult walk. The fair gets started about 6:p.m. Vendors sell handmade jewelry, purses, paintings, homemade cakes, honey, vintage goods, used clothing, and wood products. The fair seemed like the place-to-be for locals before they met friends for dinner. If you continue walking around the neighborhood, you’ll see that there are a number of galleries and curio shops open. One of my favorite parts of the fairs we’ve been to in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, and Montevideo is the people who walk around to sell their own food such as cake, stuffed bread, brownies, and spring rolls. We shared a slice of chocolate cake before dinner.
The Parque Sarmiento near the bus station contains a lake with paddle boats and an amusement park. It’s also a great place to go running during the day.
We stayed in Córdoba for two days, and this was sufficient. If you have more than a weekend to spend in the area, I suggest that you take a bus to visit some of the smaller, nearby towns such as Villa Carlos Paz or Alta Gracia (where Ernesto “Che” Guevara was raised). I think we missed some of the lovelier and provincial attributes of the area.
The city was not one of our favorite visits in Argentina, but this is probably because it’s a university city. I imagine that it’s an ideal place to go if you are in your twenties and want to experience the nightlife.