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Catedral de San Marcos

Arica, Chile
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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.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good35%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Wooden structure, nothing in common with a European stone Cathedral: Worth 5 minutes of your city tour.

Thank toyotakev
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Highly recommend a visit to this church, designed by Eiffel. If in Arica, don't miss it! A very interesting visit.

Thank Leela888
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Inside and outside a very representative church distinguished by its metal construction. Obviously well maintained and a „must see place“ near a central park area.

Thank TM6210
Reviewed 2 June 2017

If you go to Arica, you must go here. If you can go during the day AND night. The contrast is amazing. It's a cast iron church, and resonates like you think it would. Home to some birds, and amazing frescoes (12 stations are beautiful)....More

Thank d1deleonrn
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to have a chance to visit this rather quaint little church during a recent cruise stop in Arica. It is an easy walk from the cruise port, a pleasant stroll through a palm lined plaza with local vendors selling this and that....More

Thank JHinnecke
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This was the most lovely of buildings. The walk up to it is so pretty through a plazza. And then to enter this church. I loved it.

Thank Ellesbells742
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Built in prefab form and designed by Eiffel - he of the tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York. Unusual and striking; designed to withstand the frequent earthquakes which destroyed predecessors.

Thank ChrisJS51
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...More

Thank Irene N
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...More

Thank Jnanayog
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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