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San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca

San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca
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By Air

San Fernando del Valle is served by Coronel Felipe Varela International Airport) (CTC/SANC), with flights to IRJ, TUC and AEP.It was built in 1972 and was officially inaugurated with an Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737 flight on 3 January 1973.Construction started on the terminal on 9 June 1981 and ended 23 April 1987.It has a 3,172 m2 passenger terminal, 84,000 m2 of runways one 1,700 m2 hangar and a parking place for 35 cars.Since 1999 it has been operated by Aeropuertos Argentina 2000.In 2007, 44,477 passengers went through Catamarca Airport.Felipe Varela was a militar born in Catamarca in 1821 who fought in the War of the Triple Alliance and died in Nantoco (Chile), in 1870.He is named The Last Warlord.

By Bus

It also has a bus terminal, located in the center of the city, where buses to different destinations, both provincial and national.In addition, there are 13 lines of group going through the city.They are the 101, 101A, 102, 103, 103A, 104, 104A, 105, 106, 106A, 106B, 109 and 109A.These lines are operated by 4 companies: GM, El Nene, Cooperativa San Fernando and Cooperative December 27.Other bus lines make a suburban route, arriving at the dock The Pirquitas, Sumalao, San Isidro, El Portezuelo and Banda de Varela.

By Road

The city is connected to the national road network through the National Route 38 and the Provincial Network through Provincial Routes 1, 4, 33 and 108.

Key places to visit
Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Valley, The Temple of San Francisco, Laureano Brizuela Museum of Fine Arts, Adan Quiroga Archaeological Museum, Catamarca Tissue Festival


Places to Visit

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Valley

is located in the city of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, capital of the province of Catamarca, Argentina.It is located on Sarmiento Street between Republic and San Martin facing the Plaza 25 de Mayo, in the center of the city and seat of the Diocese of Catamarca.It is dedicated to Our Lady of the Valley, Patroness of the province of Catamarca, in the Diocese of Anatuya, the Diocese of La Rioja, cotton producers in the province of Chaco, the Northwest of Argentina, tourism and national patron of skydiving.April 16, 1859, being the Vicar Forane Fr. Luis Gabriel Segura, signed a contract to build the new array, with Italian architects and Natalio Carlos Tenivella Balloca.April 5, 1941, to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Coronation of the Sacred Image of the Valley, Pope Pius XII awarded the title of "Minor Basilica" at the Sanctuary, order granted by cable.That same year, was declared a National Historic Landmark.

The Temple of San Francisco

the place the Franciscans built a first church in 1695 and a second in 1761 which collapsed in 1873.The actual construction began in 1882 and was completed in 1905.Located in the historic old city.Is Italian style and its facade, the work of Italian Louis Giorgi, is organized into superimposed classical orders.In the courtyard is a statue of the patriot Fray Mamerto Esquiu.

Laureano Brizuela Museum of Fine Arts

It is located on Calle San Martin 316, in the center of the city of Catamarca.Its rooms are works of Carlos Alonso, Antonio Berni (1905-1981), Laureano Brizuela, Brother William Butler (1880-1961), Emilio Caraffa (1862-1939), Albert Delmonte (1933 -), Quinquela Martin (1890 - 1977), Raul Soldi (1905-1994) and Francisco Vidal (1898-1980).It has about 300 paintings and 30 sculptures, drawings and prints as well.It has a library specializing in art.In Catamarca was founder and first director of the Culture Committee of the School of Fine Arts, who worked in the building that now houses the museum that bears his name.Brown served pro bono since its inception until his death director of the museum. He was professor of drawing.

Adan Quiroga Archaeological Museum

The collection harbored in this museum is of paramount importance both aesthetically and artistically.Its most interesting pieces are those from the Aguada and Condor Huasi cultures, though there is material on display from throughout the province.Exhibits range from stone objects belonging to the first cultures that inhabited these valleys and mountains over 10,000 years ago, to those contemporary with the Spanish Conquest.Amongst the thousands of pieces exhibited, there are some worthy of mentioning such as the stone objects dating back to the 3rd and 5th centuries, that were offerings placed on the tombs of important people belonging to the Cienaga and Aguada cultures.During the later formative period ceramic was improved and the most important collection of pieces belonging to this period is to be found here.Another noteworthy exhibit are the stone and ceramic ritual pipes used for smoking ceremonial drugs.

Catamarca Tissue Festival

The most popular party by the public, both regionally and nationally, is the National Day and International Poncho.He was born in 1954, with the name of Catamarca Tissue Festival.Subsequently in 1967, she was named as currently known as the poncho became the star of the Festival.The festival is held every year in the month of July with a varied arts: film, theater, drawing, painting, dance and music.

Right Time to Visit

July - December
February - May