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Catedral de San Marcos

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Address: Arica, Chile

Assembled in the 1870's to replace the main church lost to the 1868...

Assembled in the 1870's to replace the main church lost to the 1868 earthquake, this national monument was the city's first building constructed of steel and cast iron, with only its door made from wood.

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Interesting To Discover Eiffel was The Designer

A beautiful Church..given some of the Cathedrals we have seen in cities throughout Chile and Argentina not sure I would list it as a Cathedral. It is certainly noteworthy that... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
St. John's, Canada
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Aarhus, Denmark
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This tiny Church is a wonderful gem in Arica. Designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel in 1880 on behalf of the peruvian primeminister, the Church was fabricated in pieces in Paris at Eiffel´s place, transported half Way around the World and assembled in Arica. Amazing and Beautiful.

Thank Irene N
St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

A beautiful Church..given some of the Cathedrals we have seen in cities throughout Chile and Argentina not sure I would list it as a Cathedral. It is certainly noteworthy that this was a prefabricated design consisting of various sections shipped out to Chile complements of none other than Eiffel. It overlooks a rather nice space spreading down towards the Pacific... More 

Thank Jnanayog
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Church looked great but was boarded off for works so couldnt see the entire outsides, or go inside. Maybe would be worth higher score if I could have seen more

Thank Wonderbra_Star
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This church was under renovations the first 3 times we were in Arica (Oct. 2015, Feb. 2016 and Sept. 2016) but this time it was open and looks beautiful.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Unfortunately when we visited could not go in due to a renovation project, but the history of the Church is fascinating, Eiffel designed it to withstand earthquakes , it is very pretty.

Thank fjmccarl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

If you are into monuments, churches and chathedrals, you must go there as it is a beautifull and quite different one...

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

This beautiful church was built during the great influx of Europeans through the eighteenth and nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is one of the most beautiful and important churches in Chile. The Catedral de San Marcos was significantly built and designed by French genious Gustav Eiffel. A large portion of this spectacular church was built and assembled in Europe,

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Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

This was the only reason I visited Arica - sadly it is currently under construction with a big barrier so you can't go up/in to visit it.... You can see from the outside only the 2nd story and tower.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

We were only able to drive by this famous cathedral built by Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame as it is being worked on. This was part of the excellent private tour we took from South Excursions during our recent cruise. I hope to go back sometime and see the inside.

Thank Kathie D
Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

It is located in the central square located at the foot of the hill , san marcos cathedral was built in the workshops of eifel , a meeting place and meeting local people , small and beautiful

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