Erected shortly after the city's devastating earthquake in 1861, La Basilica de San Francisco remains the oldest and most intriguing church in "new" Mendoza. It's pink and cream stucco design, envisioned by Belgian architect Urban Barbier, harkens back to Paris' Trinity Church, giving the structure both an historic as well as an international appeal. Among its more notable contents are the locally venerated Virgin of Cuyo image, which General San Martin declared the patron saint of his Andean Army in 1817, as well as the remains of both his daughter and granddaughter. Aesthetically and culturally, the Basilica makes for an impressive stop on your tour of urban Mendoza.
Location:Necochea 201 near Plaza San Martin, Mendoza