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Museo de Arte Colonial de San Francisco

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Address: Avenida Libertador Bernardo o'Higgins 834, Santiago 8330082, Chile
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An exquisite religious art museum fills this former convent and contains...

An exquisite religious art museum fills this former convent and contains one of South America's best collections of 17th century colonial art.

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Worth seeing, won't take long and cost little

To see religious relics of the past, that have meant so much to so many past and present, is phenomenal. Anyone can enter the church and have a moment of solitude away from the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 January 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

To see religious relics of the past, that have meant so much to so many past and present, is phenomenal. Anyone can enter the church and have a moment of solitude away from the noise of the busy streets outside. Museum is very inexpensive to enter. Amazing pieces.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Very cheap entry fee around $2.00 AUD. It is the oldest church in the city, and the museum has some really old Colonial religious art. There is a Moaï from Easter Island in a park in front of the church that you can actually touch as opposed to the ones on Easter Island. There are paintings and works of art... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This museum is a jewel, forming part of the San Francisco church enclosure, next door to the hotel of the same name. It costs almost nothing to visit and is stocked with interesting artefacts dating back five hundred years. Museum attendants will spontaneously come and explain exhibits' history with no expectation of a tip or any of that nonsense. Highly... More 

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Roxby Downs, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

I suppose religious people would enjoy looking at dozens of pictures of saints and Jesus but I thought it was a bit repetitive. It really needs some work also, the frames were rotting and the buildings were run down though the garden was quite nice. Some of the old furniture was really good and so were the numerous paintings of... More 

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Mount Gambier, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We wandered into this museum somewhat by accident, and loved the chance to explore and be part of something so much older than our county has. The architecture, the artefacts and the experience all make this a museum that is worth exploring. It is simple, possibly 'old fashioned' but quiet, restful and a different world to what is outside.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

The museum is an opportunity to travel back in time a few hundred years. Yes, it' heavily religious art, but that's a lot of what they had back then. Very nicely displayed in the courtyard and building (convent?). Well worth the price of admission.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

It was a hot/ busy day in santiago, and the museum was a great place to escape from the city noise and to cool down. The rooms with walls filled with huge paintings are very cool! Some of the rooms smelt moldy and had a lot of flies.... Made this place even creepier : ) The photo is only allowed... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

In the beautiful cloister next to San Francisco Church is magnificent collection of colonial era art. The paintings are mainly from the Cuzco school - the main gallery has a series of 30+ large paintings of the life of St. Francis. One particularly stunning painting features a crucified Christ aloft on beautifully detailed wings. There are also sculptures, metalwork, woodwork... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

After paying our $2 admission, we entered the courtyard to be tangled in sheets of plastic covering all of the flooring of the courtyard walk ways. There was scaffolding all over the place, so we had to walk around it. We could not find any rooms open: there were signs stating do not enter. We finally found the chapel upstairs,... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

It is a former monastery. It's now full of religious artefacts. But it was worth the 1000 pesos to look around. I especially liked the doors, the building, the peace and quiet and the 400 square metres or so of old paintings. The courtyard is very overgrown, but also peaceful. You have to lock your bag away at the office.... More 

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