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Catedral de San Marcos

Arica, Chile
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Ranked #6 of 18 attractions in Arica
Type: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Moorea, French Polynesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Gustave Eiffel was more known for building bridge and the Eiffel Tower, seeing a church built by the famous French engineer is quite interesting. But the roof structure inside reminds me more of a market hall than a church.

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Ulm
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Cathedral - too much in this word for this church. If you are on Arica it is the only building from interest - in my opinion. The cathedral is built on steel from Gustav Eiffel - it needs a few minutes to see it.

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This church is right in the main area of Arica, you can look to one side and see the morro, look to the other side and see the water. The church is right in the middle and the detail on the outside is amazing. We took a few minutes inside and it is very pretty; not the most majestic on... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This church stands on a slight hill and dominates the area. From the outside it looked quite impressive with excellent coloured panels and intricate detail on the towers. The church clearly shows the influence of Eifel (he of the tower in Paris) with a great use of iron. Inside is more plain and not particularly ornate. Outside to the right... More

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

What makes this church so interesting is that it is not heavily guilded as you might find in other churches in South America. Perhaps that is because of Eiffels design. I am not sure, but make a trip to see it inside.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Not much of one for churches etc but this was worth a visit. Whole place is made of Iron and by Mr Eiffel :)

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Firenzuola, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Very colorful, nice architecture. Was not able to go in, no service offered at that precise moment. Beautiful from the outside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

being accustomed to the luxury and exuberance of Peruvian churches even in the most remote town of the Andes, this place is lacking by comparison. peaked ceilings, minimal decoration, a bit worn down. go here if you'd like to contemplate comparative religious practices as they intersect with national identity (peruvian versus chilean). otherwise, snap a photo of the outside, peek... More

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cape cod
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2009

We were recently in Arica as a port city for a cruise. We contacted Andean Duncan Tours and set up a full day excursion. The tour took us all over Arica and the neighboring valleys. The tour was with a small group (6) and was only $70 US/person. I would suggest going to their website and get a full description... More

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