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Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Córdoba Cathedral

The Córdoba Cathedral (Our Lady of the Assumption) is the central church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Córdoba, Argentina, and the oldest church in continuous service in Argentina.

Construction on the original church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción began in 1598, and replaced a less permanent structure consecrated in 1580. Its early works were planned by architect Nicolás de Dios, public works director Gregorio Ferreira, and master mason Juan Rodríguez, who employed mostly indigenous artisans and laborers. Beams and rafters were planned by Mateo Domínguez, and Hernando Álvarez designed and oversaw installation of the roof's 30,000 mission tiles.

Much of the initial structure was lost in a 1677 collapse. Ricardo González Merguete, a Jesuit architect, was commissioned to reinitiate works, and designed the new structural plans. Gian Battista Primoli provided the floor plan, a Latin cross outline based on that of the Jesuit Church of the Gesù, in Rome.

The incomplete church was inaugurated in 1709. The Cathedral of Córdoba was declared a National Historic Mounment in 1941, and underwent extensive restoration works from 2007 to 2009.órdoba_Cathedral

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