The Cathedral of La Plata, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, is the 58th tallest church in the world. This Neogothic edifice is located in the geographical center of the city, facing the central square, Plaza Moreno, and the City Hall.
Inspired by the European cathedrals of Amiens and Cologne, its plans were drawn by architect Ernesto Meyer under the direction of city planner Pedro Benoit. The cornerstone was laid in 1884, and it was consecrated as the Parroquia Nuestra Señora de los Dolores in 1902. The parish church, which continued undergoing works, was designated a cathedral in 1932.
View of the ceiling and central cupola
In the 1930s, fearing that the foundation had been underestimated, workers halted construction. The spires were left unfinished and the exterior brick work was left undressed. In the mid 1990s, an ambitious plan of restoration and completion was carried out. The 1990s plan included the following:
Strengthening the foundation.
Reversing the damage in the bricks and joints.
Completing two spires, six turrets, 200 pinnacles, and 800 needles.
Installing a 25-bell carillon.
Once the bricks were restored, the decision was made to leave them undressed. The building’s exposed-brick exterior is thus unusual to some extent, and it makes La Plata Cathedral resemble the brick Gothic style of many churches in northern Europe, such as Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden and Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark. The refurbishment was inaugurated to the public in the year 2000.
With its towers rising 367 feet (112 m), it is among the sixth tallest churches in the Americas.
About the artist: Marcello’s Biography
The author was born in Argentina in 1965, and lived there until 1990. Afterwards, he moved to Italy and left 15 years of pastoral ministry behind when something had exploded inside of him that caused the beginning of a profound change. From then on, he began painting, reading books, writing his thoughts, showing his art and attended courses of self-improvement.
Because of his continuous search for personal fulfillment in doing new things, he realizes that nothing a human can do or have, can ever add or detract from their true identity and that any aid that a man can have, comes from a source that seems to be within himself. In 2009 he moved to the State of Washington, USA, where he lives and works.
Marcello is an Everett, WA (USA) based artist. He founds inspiration in focusing on the brush “stroke” he can accomplish at this exact moment.
“Just THIS moment… Creation it is not hand made. Creation requires no action… it happens through you without knowing what you’re doing. The only requirement: Be Now.”
“I’ve sold mostly originals. In fact, I have a few originals in my possession right now and all the rest is gone, but not their images… they last forever. I started showing my art at the end of 2005 in Italy… it was a challenge and I embraced it. ”
“What I feel is a strong desire to pick up a brush and stain some canvas, crazy things and incoherent patterns like… red sounds, yellows whispers, orange melodies or blue hisses. Waves, spaces, distances, flowers and leaves. Light, time, protection and love! All those things I mentioned know where to go, they choose which place to occupy on the canvas. How many times have they told me what they wanted! I have only fulfilled their desires. Nothing is missing in my life. I have body, soul and spirit. And love… which loves me.”
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