San Francisco Church, Santiago

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The oldest building still surviving from colonial times, San Francisco Church represents a significant landmark in the capital city and one that is hard to distinguish from the city itself. Founded in 1622, the church has survived several earthquakes to remain standing where it is today. There have been some modifications over the years including a Victorian-style bell tower added in the mid-1800s to replace earlier destroyed versions. The church’s cultural and historical significance has earned it World Heritage Site status. Appreciate the beauty of this building’s exterior and visit the adjacent museum containing a significant collection of colonial art. It’s best to bring a guidebook or do some research ahead of time, as there is little explanation of the building at the site itself. Our Santiago travel itinerary maker makes visiting San Francisco Church and other Santiago attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • One of the oldest building in Santiago, very interesting architecture and not as busy as we thought it would be.  more »
  • Had to go looking for this place, but it was very worthwhile, as it is one of the oldest buildings in Santiago. It's not massive on decoration or art, but has a great feel bout it. It's good to see ol...  more »
  • Different from other churches given its 16th centurary construction wth limestone blocks & quite plain interior with the odd earthquake cracks History of the carving of Our Lady of Perpetual help is i...  more »
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  • This senior citizen of Santiago churches makes up for grand splendour inside. We happened to stumble across it as it didn't appear as a google site but it was definitely worth making the effort to check it out. The walls are absolutely incredible with exposed stone that has been meticulously stacked to build this monument
  • One of the oldest colonial era buildings. Originally built in 1622. The clock tower was destroyed & rebuilt in mid 1800s
  • being here last year, a nice church building
  • Interesting
  • good