On the Papal Trail in Buenos Aires


With the recent launch of Oscar contender ‘The Two Popes’, the Buenos Aires backstreets of Pope Francis’s past are revealed in a fascinating free bus tour by the city’s tourism office.

Available every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, the Pope Francis Tour traces the story behind his life and work in Buenos Aires.

Visitors to the city can also delve into the other aspects of the city’s culture that are synonymous with its most famous religious son, including his beloved football team San Lorenzo. For a behind the scenes peek into the football fever, the Iconic Stadiums tour of El Nuevo Gasómetro takes in a visit to the team’s home ground stadium.

And, back to more reverent pursuits, for a further exploration of the city’s rich religious history, the tourist office’s Churches Buenos Aires resource is the ideal starting point for self-guided tour, taking in some of the city’s most historic and architectural important buildings.

From the oldest church – San Ignacio de Loyola (see main photo) – which sits atop series of underground tunnels that were constructed during colonial times for defence and smuggling – to Iglesia de Santa Felicitas; built in 1875 in memory of Felicitas Guerrero, a young woman considered one of the most beautiful women in Buenos Aires, and who was murdered by a snubbed suitor – each building has a story to tell.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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