San Miguel Garicoits, Montevideo

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Iglesia de San Miguel Garicoits
(Iglesia de los Vascos)
San Miguel Garicoits, Montevideo.jpg
Basic information
Location Julio Herrera y Obes 1431
Montevideo,  Uruguay
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Year consecrated 1870
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Parish church
Architectural description
Architect(s) Víctor Rabú
Architectural type Church
Direction of façade East

The Church of Saint Michael Garicoits (Spanish: Iglesia de San Miguel Garicoits), popularly known as Iglesia de los Vascos (Spanish for "the church of the Basque people") is a Roman Catholic parish church in Montevideo, Uruguay.[1]


The origins of this temple date back to 1856, when the first Betharram Fathers arrived.[2] An important part of the social and religious life of Basque immigrants was linked with this church for decades; services were held in Euskera back then.[3] The church, designed by French architect Víctor Rabú in eclectic historicist style,[4] was consecrated in 1870.[2]

It is dedicated to their founder, St. Michael Garicoits,[5] and to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (f which there is a Latin inscription over the entrance).[2]

The parish was established on 30 October 1919.[1]


  1. ^ a b "San Miguel Garicoits". Archdiocese of Montevideo. Retrieved 30 March 2013.  (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b c "The Church of the Basque". Retrieved 1 May 2013.  (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Basque studies in Uruguay" (PDF). Retrieved 1 May 2013.  (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Historicist fervor". EL PAIS. 13 April 2003.  (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Institutes of consecrated life in Uruguay". Archdiocese of Montevideo. Retrieved 30 March 2013.  (in Spanish)

Coordinates: 34°54′17.2″S 56°11′42.3″W / 34.904778°S 56.195083°W / -34.904778; -56.195083