Cathedral of Salto

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint John the Baptist (Spanish: Catedral Basílica de San Juan Bautista) is the main Roman Catholic church building of Salto. It is the see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salto since 1939.[1]

Catedral Basílica de San Juan Bautista de Salto
Catedral de Salto, Uruguay.jpg
AffiliationRoman Catholic
DistrictDiocese of Salto
Year consecrated1889
LocationSalto,  Uruguay
Architect(s)Ernesto Vespignani


Designed by the Salesian Ernesto Vespignani, the style of this temple is Eclecticism, with a predominantly Baroque facade. It was consecrated in 1889, dedicated to saint John the Baptist. In its interior stand out several paintings by Zorrilla de San Martín and the Christ in bronze by Edmundo Pratti.[1]

On 9 May 1988, Pope John Paul II visited this Cathedral.[2]

On 8 April 1997, this cathedral was declared basilica minor.[3]

Same devotionEdit

There are other churches in Uruguay dedicated to St. John the Baptist:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Salto: Cathedral and other sights (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Anniversary of the Pope's visit". EL PAIS. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  3. ^ Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (in Spanish)

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Coordinates: 31°23′20″S 57°57′34″W / 31.3888°S 57.9595°W / -31.3888; -57.9595