Salta's distinctive Iglesia San Francisco has a history that dates back to 1625, having been rebuilt several times through the 1870s before finally acquiring the impressive aesthetic form that's visible today. Why so impressive, you ask? Well, aside from its beautiful Italian-influenced architecture and bold contrast of colors, this National Historic Monument happens to boast the tallest bell tower in South America at just under 54 meters high. None too shabby. And if you're not satisfied with views from the outside, you'll be pleased to know that the interior of the church contains several pieces of notable artwork, among them a sculpture by Alonso Cano (17th century Spanish painter) and more than a few collections of ancient literature. For a real treat, time your visit during the first few hours after sunset, when the exterior lights of San Francisco set its colors ablaze in memorable artificial illumination.
Location:Caseros and Cordoba, Salta