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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 1 week ago

The oldest church in Chile's capital city represents an important part of Chile's history and the presence catholicism still has in the country. The church has also been home to different tales and myths and survived many strong earthquakes through the centuries and if that's...More

Thank mariateresamailenc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second church on Plaza de Armas. Smaller but lovely as well. Weird but interesting contrast with the glass skyscraper next to it. Free entrance.

Thank Marjolein C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This original church is small but peaceful and attached to cloisters that are lovely. With luck a peacock will strut his full feathers in the cloister garden. If not just enjoy the peace and serenity of this spot.

Thank debrah711
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 21 September 2017

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 21 September 2017 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 13 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

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