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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 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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  • The island has many beautiful churches, different and each has its charm. But de Castro is the most impressive, don't let in.
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  • You’ll rarely, if ever, see an entire church done in wood. Usually stone is thought appropriate. Not here in this beautifully done Franciscan mission-turned parish turned cathedral (I think; not sure)...  more »
  • The Iglesias San Francisco dominates the main square Plaza de Armas of Castro. Painted in brilliant yellow and gaudy purple, it is a sensational church, almost Lutheran in style. Due to the salty wind...  more »
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  • A lovely little church with some wonderful items inside. This is a very important site for the local community and so a good way to get a better understanding of the people who live here. It's also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.
  • Well worth a look both inside and out when visiting the nice little town if Castro
  • Beautiful in its outside and inside , an UNESCO World Heritage Site mention absolutely deserved
  • A very nice place for tourists. You can spend a good time to the inside photographing and observing them more of the place. Chilota culture represents very well in my opinion. Beautiful church inside and out.
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  • The Church that I liked of Chiloé, perhaps by the striking color that has that it attracts you in a very particular way, Castro makes an unforgettable place because constantly you're going to remember by its picturesque Chapel.
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