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. Plan your visit to San Francisco Church and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Santiago vacation maker app .
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  • Just visit this country nearby observe the Church, me closer and me charm, its history, antiquity, the ceilings, the altar and its Museum to the side and your entire environment for walking and enjoying the cuisine. Well preserved congratulations!
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  • St. Francis Church is located in the centre of San Diego, and half the church's outward views are beautiful and rosy red, the other half is the primary color of the stone, very special, and the ceiling of the church is unique. A museum with a church attached to it, with a square in front, and a fountain on the square.
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  • It is the most extraordinary colonial construction of Chile, has resisted all earthquakes in more than 360 years. Of its original Baroque not much, its walls of stone and brick are huge more than 1.5 metres, the sky like staircase reversed with Moorish influence is extraordinary, decorated with gold leaf and decorated in a classic. Its neoclassic altar sustains the first religious image arrive in Chile with the Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, the virgen del socorro. It has 3 naves, the sides noted in part half neoclassical decoration of the 19th century, but the rest is original to the 17TH century resulting from the restoration carried out by Spain as a gift in the 5 centenary of bare. Its magnitude and inner silence startles. It is full of details, is a piece of history, art and faith.
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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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