Santiago del Estero, mother of cities
A pure chacarera, this metropolis dances all year round to the rhythm of its instruments, its history and its gastronomy. The joy of the Santiagueños accompanies a tour of the oldest capital of Argentina. Meet Santiago del Estero.
Santiago del Estero has a lot of history. It is the first city of our country, constituted in 1553. From here departed the founding expeditions of the cities of the North and Cuyo of Argentina. It is also where the first diocese of the nation was born and, with it, the first cathedral. And it has the first size of San Francisco Solano, sent from Upper Peru. Each of these events tells a little bit of the past and present of the city, which it welcomes with open arms to make itself known through its cultural and religious relics.
Many travelers begin the tour of Santiago’s monumental and distinctive architecture. A walk through the main square, called Libertad, shows the most representative and ancient buildings in the area and each one has something to tell. The Carretero Bridge that links Santiago with La Banda is another example of what man can do.
Following the path, the replica of the Holy Shroud (there are only two in the world) thrills believers in the Convent and Church of Santo Domingo. Faith, the feeling of immensity and majesty envelop the walks.
There is no shortage of friendly Santiago people who provide information or tell some legend about what you see. And so the list of historic buildings is endless. The Forum, the new convention center, is located in the building of a railway station that is more than 190 years old. The Bicentennial Cultural Center, in front of Plaza Libertad, integrates its past and contains the three museums of the city: Historical, Fine Arts and Archaeological. And that story reveals the incipient architectural progress that Santiago had, with the new Termas de Ómnibus station or the Education and Economy Towers with more than 20 floors.
Poetry and melodies also teach a lot of these payments, with folklore always ready to sound. The chacarera is the star of the area and so was disseminated by Andrés Chazarreta (1876-1960), researcher and first collector of the “music of the mountain”. In almost every house there are drums and guitars. Travellers recognize in the letters stories and details of everything they are learning and the idiosyncrasy of the people of Santiago.
The harmonies of the violins merge with the stories about San Francisco Solano, who evangelized accompanied by this magical object. Among the instruments, the sachaguitarra is particularly surprising, as it is the only place where it is performed.
To illustrate how the
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