The Instituto Saturnino Unzué is dedicated to the Mary's Immaculate Conception and was declared a national historic monument on March 9, 1989. It is located within the institute itself, which deals with important social and cultural work, which was initiated by the National Council for Children, Youth and Family, including children from all sectors of society. The Institute first worked as an asylum for orphans. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997 and also a tourist interest point in 1990. The Oratory is the work of the French architect Louis Feure Dujarric. It was built in Romanesque-Byzantine style and inaugurated in 1912. Its highlights include the altar, pulpit, the image of the virgin and the communion rail, which are all done in 18 kinds of marble. It has a magnificent bronze spider and a wonderful Carrara marble pulpit, very important. It's really a highly recommended tourist visit when you go to this pretty little seaside resort.
Located in an old quarry, which previously provided building stone, and surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, the block was donated in 1937 by Dr. Norberto Peralta Ramos of the Religious Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence. The design and execution of the Grotto were made famous by the architect Luis Cossa. The grotto is almost an exact replica of the original in France, together with the Via Crucis at the entrance to the left, and the mysteries of the Rosary to the right. Both culminate in the beautiful Chapel that is integrated with the outdoor Grotto presiding over which is the crowned image of the Virgin on the altar with inlaid onyx and majolica and with the 18 apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes. This religious complex also has the Oratorio "San Jose" and Santeria on top. There are scale replicas of the cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem with light kits, waterfalls and biblical characters that can be moved with the purchase of a chip that provides power. The feast of Our Lady is celebrated on February 11 and thousands of devotees and tourists visit. My first visit was in May 1965 when I got married and the first black and white photos date from that era. At that time the replica of Bethlehem did not exist. The Grotto it can be visited every day from 9:00-16:00. With free admission and the miniature town of Bethlehem 8:00-12:00 and 15:00-18:00. Until the summer of 2009 the entrance fee to the city of Bethlehem was € 0.35 with children under 12 years free. Daily from 9:00-16:00.
In the late nineteenth century the city of Mar del Plata, southeast of the province of Buenos Aires Argentina, had a population of about 6,000. Today there are more than 600,000, and its one of the most important tourist areas in Argentina. In 1892, a group of society ladies presented a letter to municipal mayor Clemente Clayrol, saying they needed a larger temple than Santa Cecilia Chapel. Some of these ladies were daughters of the great promoter of the city, Don Pedro Luro and together with other high society women, were responsible for gathering the necessary funds to complete the construction of a temple worthy "of the Catholic Society Mar silver". Shortly after, in January 1893, he put the first stone in the land donated by Patricio Peralta Ramos, founder of the city. In February 1905, the completed part of the church was blessed. Gradually, and based on donations, the temple was extended until in 1924 Pope Pius XI gave it Cathedral status dedicated to Apostle Peter and Cecilia Virgin and Martyr.