La Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche, “Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi,” sits grandly with its steeple high in the clouds on a hill surrounded by evergreens near the banks of the lake. It is impossible to miss from almost any point in Bariloche, yet – we found – difficult to actually enter, as we couldn’t find mass times or visiting hours posted anywhere.
When we finally timed it right and were able to go inside, we were treated to an extraordinary sight. The stone work and stained glass combined to create an atmosphere of rugged sprays of color.
Although the Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche wasn’t built until 1946, the Nahuel Huapi mission, which lasted from 1670 until 1717, was presided by the image of the “Purest Virgin Mary.” The focus of the church still rests on Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi, the Patron Saint of Bariloche, which is evident in the alter statue and the central stained glass image above the alter.
A statue of the “Lady of the Snow” also resides in a side alter of the church, the same as is worshipped in the Grotto.
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