Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia en Mar del Plata


Article: Walter Ferreyra.

Translation: Adriana Romano.

The Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia (Cathedral of Saints Peter and Cecilia) in Mar del Plata has been declared ‘national historic heritage’. The construction of the neogothic building was led by engineer Pedro Benoit, and it was inaugurated on February 12, 1905. Originally, its name was San Pedro; in 1912 it was renamed Parroquia de Santa Cecilia (Parish of Saint Cecilia) and in 1924, dedicated to both Saints, it was called Basílica Menor (Minor Basilica). In 1957 the diocese of Mar del Plata was created and the Bishopric was established in the temple in 1905 with its current name.


Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia in Mar del Plata - Photo: Esther Rodriguez


The vitraux in the Cathedral are all French, donated by prestigious families from Mar del Plata. The central chandelier was brought from the Bristol Hotel in the city, the floor is made of English mosaics and the roof has European coloured glass tiles. The Italian organ was built in 1905; and in the main altar some relics can be found, such as a piece of the Cross, the remains of Martyrs and the remains of the deceased Bishop Enrique Rau, the first bishop of Mar del Plata. Inside the temple, on the right, there is a replica of La Piedad. The five carillon bronze bells were melted in France, and they are named after the people who donated them: Clara, Inés, Ercilia, Ernestina and Josefina.

This is the third largest Cathedral in the province of Buenos Aires, after the Cathedral of La Plata and Basilica of Luján.


How to reach Mar del Plata:

You can reach the city through various means of transport: there are 3 provincial roads and a highway connecting Mar del Plate and the Capital; a railway station with 29 weekly arrivals; a bus station where tickets are sold by over 50 companies; an airport that operates internationally with 6 airline companies in more than 130 weekly services, and an artificial harbor of deep water that –apart from being crucial to the fishing activity- allows cruise ships to anchor at the northern breakwater.

If you travel from Buenos Aires by car, via routes 11, 88 and 226, or via the modern and safe highway 2, the trip can take an average of four hours. But for those who decide to make the most of time, they can get to the city after a 45-minute flight. The International Airport “Astor Piazzolla” is situated only 10 minutes from downtown Mar del Plata. Three airlines operate with national destinations, with a frequency that increases significantly during the summer season.

Distances to Mar del Plata

City Km City Km
Buenos Aires 404 Catamarca 1.145
Claromecó 303 Córdoba 1.120
Corrientes 1.445 Formosa 1.695
Jujuy 2.114 La Plata 363
Mar de Ajó 190 Mendoza 1.447
Miramar 45 Monte Hermoso 406
Necochea 125 Neuquén 1.012
Paraná 909 Pinamar 134
Posadas 1.434 Rosario 700
Resistencia 1.473 Río Gallegos 2.510
San Bernardo 194 San Luis 1.333
Salta 2017 San Clemente 234
Sta. Clara del Mar 18 San Juan 1.529
Santa Fé 879 Santa Rosa 746
Santa Teresita 217 Stgo. Del Estero 1.549
Tucumán 1.714 Ushuaia 3,101
Viedma 754 Villa Gesell 113

Geographical Position

Mar del Plata is the head of General Pueyrredón District. It is located on the coast of the Argentinian Sea at coordinates 38 º 00' S and 57 º 33' W.

General Pueyrredón District area: 1,453.44 km2 , with a population of 366.6 inhabitants per Km2.

Communal Urban area: 79.48 km2 (7948 ha.)

District Boundaries

NE: District of Mar Chiquita

SW: District of General Alvarado

SE: Argentinian Sea

NW: District of Balcarce

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