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San Francisco Church

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Address: Alameda, Santiago 8320000, Chile
Phone Number:
2/638-3238
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The immense red walls and vast great room leave visitors in awe as this...

The immense red walls and vast great room leave visitors in awe as this 16th centruy structure is Santiago's oldest building.

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The stone work and wood work in this building are fantastic. The pews are not for comfort so you will not fall asleep. Just look at the wood floors in the pictures... what... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 December 2016
Margo W
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Detroit, Michigan
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Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The rocks used to construct the church are quite visible which is somewhat unusual in a church. Apart from that the building as little to stimulate ones interest.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The stone work and wood work in this building are fantastic. The pews are not for comfort so you will not fall asleep. Just look at the wood floors in the pictures... what workmanship!!!!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

If you strolling past the church, its worth a trip inside. Else, its not worth and explicit visit unless you have nothing to do in Santiago. The church is well maintained and has a history to it. There is always a fee to to take a more intrusive tour which we avoided.

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

More rustic than what you'd expect from a church this size and age. As always, it's most interesting when mass is in session. Music was very nice.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The church didn't amaze me. Beautiful on the inside, but pretty basic on the outside. Or maybe that's the charm of it! Don't regret visiting tho, it was only a one-minute walk away from my hostel.

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Surrey, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

a beautiful church with a uniue clocktower. Built around end of 1500-early 1600. Bautiful inside. Nice that it survived many earthquakes, maybe because of wood colonial construction.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by this church for a few minutes and very much enjoyed the views all around. The church has a unique architectural design with beautiful wood designs all around.

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Toulouse, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This church was built shortly after Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago in 1541 and still has its convent, now the Museum of Colonial Art. It's beautiful inside, even if I still prefer the Iglesia de la Merced down the road.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

excellent example of colonial religious architecture, very well preserved un spite of the several earthquakes it has survived. its interiors are of museum qualities, by the way there is a small one in its premises

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

The outside is quite simple so the inside is surprising in that it is complex but not in a smooth ornate manner. Rather it is complex with old style building methods and the blocks of stone on the inside are roughly shaped but really do add to an austere presence in this church. It is NOT a standard overly ornate... More 

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