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San Francisco Church

Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 834, Santiago 8330082, Chile
+56 2 2638 3238
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 834, Santiago 8330082, Chile
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"oldest building"
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"saint francis"
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"steeped in history"
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"bell tower"
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"attached museum"
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"plain inside"
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"wooden roof"
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"spanish colonial style"
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"worth a stop"
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"side chapels"
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"chilli"
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"latin america"
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"virgin mary"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building is one of the oldest in the country and has survived multiple earthquakes. The church is full of Spanish paintings and other art forms in the unique style of the time. The attached museum also contains an amazing array of extremely old ecclesiastical...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This churchl has with standed all sorts of earthquakes and its the beauty of the hart of the down town area vey close to also the Santa Lucia Hill so walking around is rich of information near this church

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My guide advised that this 16th century church was Santiago's oldest building. It has survived numerous earthquakes, but obviously has been restored and changed over time. There was a service in progress when I visited, which added richness to the experience. This church is easy...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

This church is a gem that we saw on a Sunday morning walking tour of Santiago. It oozes history and is a very awe inspiring building. There was a church service happening when we visited and this made it more memorable. The walls, the ceiling...More

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

This is an old building and was consecrated in 1622 - but since then it has suffered earthquake damage and has been rebuilt in various stages thru time. The present bell tower is Victorian in style and had a fancy clock in the towerAS you...More

Thank Honisoiquimalypense
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Not worth a special trip, but if you are in the area then stick your head in. The outside has an interesting mix of construction materials and a clock tower. I didn't find the inside to be especially pretty. There was a beggar at the...More

Thank 234worldtraveler567
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

You can easily walk past this church. But if you find it - you should at least take a look inside. Not as grand as the Cathedral, however a small church, which has prayers next to each of the statues. A mass was taking place...More

Thank SoloTravellerabroad
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Lovely little church that is steeped in history. The original 6ft walls from way back when are still in tact.. the church has survived the earthquakes and the small Virgin Mary brought from Peru in the 16th century sits proudly at the top of the...More

Thank Andrew H
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

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 our hotel so very handy. Quite plain inside but well worth the...More

Thank G T
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This church doesn't seem much from the outside, being on a main road and somewhat tucked away I believe that it is one of the oldest churches in Santiago. Inside, it has rather unconventional brickwork, which is attractive and interesting. It s fairly quiet, as...More

Thank John G
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