San José y San Maximiliano Kolbe, Montevideo

The Church of Saint Joseph and Saint Maximilian Kolbe (Spanish: Iglesia de San José y San Maximiliano Kolbe), popularly known as Iglesia de los Conventuales (due to its history as a former claustration convent), is a Roman Catholic parish church in Montevideo, Uruguay.[1]

Iglesia de San José y
San Maximiliano Kolbe
AffiliationRoman Catholic
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusParish church
Year consecrated1867
LocationCanelones 1156
Montevideo,  Uruguay
Architect(s)Víctor Rabú
StyleNeo-Renaissance, Neo-Baroque
Direction of façadeNorth

History edit

The temple and its convent were built by French architect Víctor Rabú[2] between 1860 and 1867 for the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, whose nuns lived in claustration.[3] The architectural inspiration, mix of Renaissance and Baroque, was taken from the Italian Basilica of Sant'Andrea, Mantua.[3]

For some time the remains of the patriot priest Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga were held here, before being brought to the cathedral.[3]

The parish was established much later, on 17 February 1966.[1]

Today it is held by the Conventual Franciscans. It is dedicated to Saint Joseph; later it was also dedicated to the Polish martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Iglesia de los Conventuales". Archdiocese of Montevideo. Retrieved 30 March 2013. (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Historicist fervor". EL PAIS. 13 April 2003. (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b c "History of "Conventuales"". Retrieved 1 May 2013./
  4. ^ "Institutes of consecrated life in Uruguay". Archdiocese of Montevideo. Retrieved 30 March 2013. (in Spanish)

External links edit

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