Buenos Aires - Monserrat: Basílica de San Francisco de Asís - San Francisco Solano
Basílica de San Francisco de Asís, at Calle Adolfo Alsia 380, was designed in the neoclassical style in 1730 by a Jesuit architect Andrés Blanqui, but a 1911 reconstruction by Ernesto Sackman resulted in an entirely new German baroque façade. The highly decorative exterior, accompanied by three images--Christopher Columbus kneeling, Giotto above the latter and Dante Alighieri on the left--stands in stark contrast to the austere interior.
In 1955, angry Peronists torched the basilica, destroying the main altar, in reaction to the navy's bombing of the anti-Church trade-union rally in the Plaza de Mayo. Restored and resconsecrated in 1967, Horacio Butler's tapestry, "La glorificación de San Francisco"--one of the largest in the world at 8 by 12 meters), was hung in front of the altar.