Seeing Córdoba

Photo Credit: nyluke

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.

Interior of Córdoba Cathedral

Interior of Córdoba Cathedral

Photo Credit: Alicia Nijdam

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.

Arts Fair

Arts Fair

Try to take in a performance at the Teatro Del Libertador near the Plaza Vélez Sarsfield. The theatre is beautiful with red velvet seats and baroque moldings. We saw a performance of the Damian Torres Trio (tango music) combined with the saxophones of Cuarteto de Saxos Scaramouche.
Listening to the live tango music was a great experience–Torres is a dynamic player. Here you can see a video of both groups together.
The Teatro hosts both music concerts and plays. It’s next door to the Patio Olmos Shopping Center which contains the normal mall offerings but, I must admit, boasts a good food court.
Teatro de Libertador San Martin

Teatro de Libertador San Martin

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.

Lake at Parque Sarmiento

Lake at Parque Sarmiento

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.



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2 responses to “Seeing Córdoba

  1. Handsome cathedral. Thanks for the pics!

    I wish I could take credit for all of them, but I had to borrow the cathedral pics. When we took our pictures, the city was setting up for a book fair, so tents were obscuring the view.

  2. Every time we go to a different province in Argentina I want to make sure we go to the Main Cathedrals. They are usually close, if not in front of the Main Plazas.

    I agree, they are spectacular buildings, and they have so many details to appreciate.

    That’s a great point. Thanks!

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