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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  • Very different to the cathedral. Much older, and unusual architectural style. I believe it is supposed to be the oldest remaining Post Columbian building in Latin America. It was right next door to ou...  more »
  • This is the Church that has most impacted me in all Santiago for its architecture. It is a must for lovers of this type of buildings, is located in the heart of the Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, with many attractions nearby to see and visit, such as the national library, the Cerro Santa Lucia, the Torre Entel, the Alameda. Not to be missed. Regalame your vote
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  • Whereas it is the oldest building in Santiago and for being very well located, shopping mall, entrance to the Neighbourhood Paris London, worth the visit. The construction of the church started in 1572 and its stone walls withstood several earthquakes. The Church is very simple, but you must pay attention to a few details, like the ceiling that was done and the main altar inside, and outside the tower with the clock and the glass dome that allows light to enter the interior of the Church .
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  • Oldest? Church in Santiago. Nicely restored ceilings. On some places you can still see the original wall mortar!
  • Interesting 16th century church. Looks great inside.
  • Impressive. Consecrated 1622 one of the oldest colonial buildings in the country.
  • 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
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