AAA Editor Notes
Cathedral (Catedral Basílica Menor) is on Av. 20 de Noviembre facing the n. side of Plaza de Armas. Construction was begun in 1695 and completed in 1750. The massive structure is surmounted by two square towers. The exterior is a mixture of styles, with baroque predominating. The entrance is richly decorated. Inside are choir stalls adorned with finely carved wooden figures of saints and apostles. Bell ringers in the towers are visible from the plaza.
The ghost of an 18th-century nun (monja) is said to inhabit the church. According to local legend she fell in love with a French soldier who had deserted the Napoleonic army. He was killed by his countrymen before returning to France and seeking a pardon for deserting; unaware of his fate, the nun climbed one of the cathedral's towers each night to await his return, finally dying of a broken heart. Her silhouette is supposedly visible on nights when there is a full moon.