Three days gives you enough time to really linger in Mendoza, sampling the wines, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and wandering the tree-lined streets and fountain-filled plazas that make this wine-country hub so captivating. Read on for tips about how to make the most of your three days.
San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)
Discover a National Historic Landmark in Mendoza during a visit to the Iglesia de San Francisco, a church complex. Explore the Renaissance-style pink basilica dating from 1875 and see the tomb of the daughter of General San Martin. Don’t miss the church’s elaborate altar or Virgin’s chapel and check out a variety of religious artifacts on display.
Necochea 201, Mendoza, 1324
Learn about local history during a visit to this venerated church that is the home of the Virgen del Carmen de Cuyo, a patron saint of the liberating Andean Army. The church also offers regularly scheduled religious services; check its website for details. Sightseeing tours of Mendoza city often include a visit to this top historic landmark during a half-day or full-day itinerary.
Things to know before you go
- Iglesia de San Francisco is a must-see attraction for history buffs and travelers interested in religious sites.
- Keep in mind during the hotter months of the year that proper dress including covered shoulders is a respectful way to visit religious sites.
- The church is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; a ramp allows for easy access up the stairs at the entrance.
How to get there
Iglesia de San Francisco is located in central Mendoza, a few blocks north of Plaza Independencia, at Necochea 201. It is easily accessible by public transportation; there are several bus stops within a couple of blocks of the church, including Patricias Mendocinas 1402 and Av. San Martin 1420.
When to get there
The most popular time of year for travelers to visit Mendoza is from October through April. People that are interested in wine may want to plan a trip to coincide with the harvest months (in late February, March, and April). The spring months (October and November) also offer pleasant temperatures.
The Church and the 1861 Earthquake
Before the Franciscan church visitors see today was built, an original Jesuit structure was located on this site. It was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1861. Rather than building over the ruins, some of the ruins are preserved and can still be seen at the church today.
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