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San Francisco Church

Alameda, Santiago 8320000, Chile
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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
Alameda, Santiago 8320000, Chile
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Iglesia de San Francisco is the oldest building in Santiago, having survived numerous earthquakes and other natural disasters. The Church was constructed in 1618, and replaced the original Chapel built by Santiago's founder, Pedro de Valdivia. Inside the Iglesia you'll find the 4 foot...More

Thank OceanPotion1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Earthquakes have a pesky way of knocking down everything that was built before about 1960 in Chile. Iglesia San Francisco is the exception to the rule. It is almost twice as old as the second oldest building in Santiago. It is a not a grand...More

Thank Ryan W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently while on holiday in Chile we visited this church only to be mugged ( scam ) being squirted with a substance and told it was pigeon poo from an old guy. The younger guy ( obviously worked together) then proceeded to try and assist...More

1  Thank robyn906
Reviewed 30 July 2017

An interesting place to visit. The architucture is unique. The location is convenient. Good for photos.

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 14 July 2017

The church and the accompanying museum in the next door convent are well worth seeing, if only for their rather faded and run down state of repair. The artefacts are interesting, but the walls are crumbling and the decay actually proves rather attractive. The church...More

3  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 10 May 2017

One of the oldest building in Santiago, very interesting architecture and not as busy as we thought it would be.

Thank luca191116
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Had to go looking for this place, but it was very worthwhile, as it is one of the oldest buildings in Santiago. It's not massive on decoration or art, but has a great feel bout it. It's good to see old colonial architecture and get...More

Thank stephen h
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Different from other churches given its 16th centurary construction wth limestone blocks & quite plain interior with the odd earthquake cracks History of the carving of Our Lady of Perpetual help is interesting

1  Thank Darrel J
Reviewed 7 March 2017

It was clear from our visit that the church is an important part of the local community, with a mass just finished, priests in attendance and what looked like food distribution to the poor happening. In the end, this is more important than it looking...More

1  Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 3 March 2017

When you look at the interior of this lovely church, it is hard to believe that it is over 400 years old. It has survived many earthquakes, including the 8.3 of a few years ago. On a hot day, it is cool and welcoming.

1  Thank ranclan
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