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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  • October 5, 2017
    Visit only on the outside of the Church, but has a fantastic, right next to Plaza de La Contitucion.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Wonderful architecture, historic in very good condition. A pasrte of the history of Chile. If or if you should visit it
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  • October 4, 2017
    Do not enter. But the facade announces a beautiful colonial church. The contrasts of the city make this corner a beautiful place!
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  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • January 6, 2017
    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
  • December 28, 2016
    One of the oldest colonial era buildings. Originally built in 1622. The clock tower was destroyed & rebuilt in mid 1800s
  • June 14, 2017
    being here last year, a nice church building
  • April 1, 2017
    Interesting

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