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San Francisco Church

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Address: Alameda, Santiago 8320000, Chile
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2/638-3238
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The immense red walls and vast great room leave visitors in awe as this...

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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More than a tourist attraction

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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King's Lynn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 pretty for the visitors. Nevertheless it is worth a look - it is one of... More 

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Salinas, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Almunecar, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed a few minutes from San Francisco. Therefor, it became a landmark for us on our walking tours of Santiago. The church itself is rather ordinal lay, but it's location marks it as a special point of interest. An examination of the plaques along the inner wall of the church reads like a history of the barrio. While not... More 

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Englewood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

As the oldest church in the city, the history and architecture make this an interesting stop. Lovely side chapel. Sadly too many stray dogs in this city....education needed!

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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

As the oldest church in Santiago, this building is a testament to the tumultuous history of the city. It was intriguing to learn more about the structure and history.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

My wife and I toured the San Francisco church and adjoining museum while we were in Santiago during the period December 22, 2016 through January 12, 2017. The church is probably the oldest in Santiago and has been in the hands of the Franciscan order since about 1550. The current church is obviously not the first one but the grounds... More 

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Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The rocks used to construct the church are quite visible which is somewhat unusual in a church. Apart from that the building as little to stimulate ones interest.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

The stone work and wood work in this building are fantastic. The pews are not for comfort so you will not fall asleep. Just look at the wood floors in the pictures... what workmanship!!!!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

If you strolling past the church, its worth a trip inside. Else, its not worth and explicit visit unless you have nothing to do in Santiago. The church is well maintained and has a history to it. There is always a fee to to take a more intrusive tour which we avoided.

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