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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  • a bit away from the Centre but with an important story this church presents a fairly insignificant but not rich interior exterior but significant of its origin. The cloister with animals is also very particular.
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  • A beautiful place that holds much history of our country, is a very ancient and a very high spiritual value treasure. The building itself is impressive and full of details that they Marvel sight. A must-see in Santiago.
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  • The oldest church of the Chilean capital, which withstood the strongest earthquake in history, presents an indescribable force in your interior. Like most Catholic buildings in Santiago, this presents an eerie environment, with low light and works dedicated to show the suffering of Christ, as well as the fear and passion devoted to God. The neoclassical style and sober little common to Spanish colonization excels mainly thanks to the almost total absence of precious metals in the decoration and the rich work done in wood and metal. Pay special attention to the ceiling, with patterns and breathtaking mosaics, above many European Churches. Definitely more beautiful than the Cathedral and with a lot less movement, is one of the essential points in the journey to Santiago, still with a very interesting Museum on the order of the Franciscans and the colonial period, on the outside.
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  • The most antique Church in Santiago. So simple at the outside and incredibly complex in the inside. This is definitely must visit place if you are visiting Santiago city.
  • 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
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Santiago features numerous distinct neighborhoods filled with affordable sleeping options. For easiest access to the city's top museums and eateries, consider the hotels located in the pleasant downtown area, where you can also find many furnished apartments ideal for longer stays. For close proximity to the city's best nightlife options, consider Bellavista or Barrios Lastarria, or head to charming Providencia if you prefer something a bit more sophisticated and less raucous.
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