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The tour of the Francisco Pope in Buenos Aires

It’s a tour to learn about the origins of the Pope. This free tour offers a tour bus to explore the sights and most prominent and significant of his life in Buenos Aires. From his house to the Metropolitan Cathedral, where he spent his last days before arriving at the Vatican. In this post we tell you all the details.

The tour of the Francis Pope in Buenos Aires

This free bus ride, organized by the Buenos Aires Tourism agency, allows you to know a little more about the life of Jorge Bergoglio, who became the first Argentine pope.

tour del Papa Francisco en Buenos Aires

The tour begins in his native neighborhood: in the neighborhood of Flores. The neighbors started calling him affectionately “The Flower Pope.” The starting point of the tour begins at the Basilica of San José de Flores, in the center of the neighborhood, where the Bergoglio family attended Mass every Sunday. In addition it was in that confessional where he felt he received the divine call, he felt something special happened to him and decided that he wanted to dedicate his life to God.

On the tour, tourists stroll through the childhood of Bergoglio and go to the house, located in Membrillar 531, where he lived with his parents and his four younger brothers. They also visit the “Instituo Nuestra Señora de la Misericordia” where he studied his first studies; the “Herminia Brumana” Square, where he used to play when he was a boy; the Pedro Antonio Cerviño school,  the “Vicaría” of Flores, in the was ordained bishop in 1992 and finally the Hipólito Yrigoyen School, where he obtained the title of chemical technician.

Then the bus goes to the second district: Villa Devoto. There tourists visit the prison of Devoto, where the archbishop used to officiate the masses of Holy Thursday. Also, they visit the “Seminario Metropolitano de Buenos Aires”, where he decided to be a Jesuit when he was only 22 years old.

Another point of the tour is the “Parroqua San José del Talar” where is the sanctuary of the “Virgen Desatanudos”, one of the most popular devotions of the city, which was brought from Germany in the 80 for its initiative. Tourists can get off the bus to take pictures and pray to the Virgin.

The tour continues through the neighborhood of Monserrat and includes a visit to the “Basilica de San Carlos y María Auxiliadora”, where Jorge Bergoglio received the baptism on December 25th, 1936 and a visit to the Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, of which Pope Francisco is a faithful follower.

tour del Papa Francisco en Buenos Aires

Finally, the circuit includes the “Estado del Vaticano” square that was inaugurated in the district of San Nicolás, in 2012, in homage to the state of which Pope Francisco is his highest authority. Other points of interest in the neighborhood are the “Colegio del Salvador”, where he was a professor of literature and psychology in the years 60, and the “Universidad of El Salvador”, from which he was responsible until 1975.

The tour ends at the “Catedral Metropolitana”, declared a national historical monument, where Bergoglio gave mass for more than 20 years, and the “Arzobispado de Buenos Aires”, who was his place of residence until his designation as pope.

Useful information about the Tour of the Francisco Pope in Buenos Aires

  • The papal circuit can be held every Saturday at 15 pm and Sundays and holidays at 9 and 15 H. It is advisable to arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Meeting Point:  Av. Rivadavia 6950.
  • The approximate duration is 3 hours.
  • The tour is totally free.
  • The guided tour takes place by bus.
  • Not suspended by rain.
  • Pre-booking is required by sending an email to: circuitopapal@buenos aires.gob.ar
  • Consultations: (54 11) 5030 9100 Int. 2134

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