Iglesia San Francisco, Isla Chiloe

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The Church of San Francisco, located on one side of the Plaza de Armas of Castro, Chile, is the main Catholic church of Chiloé’s capital. It has a surface area of 1,404 m2, a width of 52m and a height of 27m. The dome above the church's presbytery is 32m high and the height of its towers is 42m. The church is also known as the Iglesia Apóstol Santiago and erroneously as the “cathedral”, which is actually to be found in Ancud, headquarters of the diocese of the same name. The Church of San Francisco does however lead one of the 24 parishes that form this diocese.The church was declared a Chilean National Monument in 1979 and UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30 November 2000.HistoryCastro is Chile's third oldest city in continued existence. It was founded in February, 1567 by Martín Ruiz de Gamboa, who was sent by his father-in-law, temporary governor of Chile Rodrigo de Quiroga, to establish a city on the Chiloé Archipelago called Santiago de Castro. That same year, a church was built with the name of the apostle Saint James (Santiago in Spanish), which was to be used in the evangelization of the indigenous peoples of Chiloé. The church was burnt down and rebuilt a number of times until its definitive reconstruction in 1771, and used thereafter as a parish administered by the Jesuits.
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  • This must be the most beautiful building in Castro - it dominates the Plaza de Armas , it was built in wood in 1906. the colours are unusual for a church - glacierblue and orange coloured, the inside ...  more »
  • Unfortunately the week that was in Chiloe the Church was closed and no information of when it would be open to visitation.
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  • The architecture of the island of Chiloé is usually mystical. And shows it the main Catholic Church in the city. Since it is entirely of wood gives it a subtle touch and its details are even more beautiful. Place not to be missed, regardless of creed.
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  • a must to see in Chiloè
  • Inside is really very cute, profiling of wood, the concavities in the ceiling, small pens etc. In addition to being very clean and neat. Inside you can find models of other churches of the circuit. Mention that they are fixing / restoring part of the roof
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  • Beautiful church very well preserved heritage. Epicenter of the spirituality and working missionary Franciscans in Chiloé from the times of the colony. Highlights throughout its interior wood work as well as the very old images.
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  • Nice design in wood on the inside. Attractive colors on the outside, if you'll pass an architecturally good place
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  • Really nice inside the Church abroad is not very nice on the contrary the Interior is nice, very large on the left side there is a porch made with old shingles
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