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Address: Arica, Chile
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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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Church by Eifell

At the very center of Arica. Nice building. Built by the famous Eifell (yes the one of the famous tower you know where...)

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A stop on a cruise. Don't waste your money on a cruise tour. Take a private tour or a cab. The church is closed to tourists. Scaffolding surrounds most of the outside. Arica was clean and easy to get around. The downtown center was our first stop. Most everything was closed.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At the very center of Arica. Nice building. Built by the famous Eifell (yes the one of the famous tower you know where...)

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Thank Andre_Stabel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This all iron church, with all its history, was so unusual in this location. Really enjoyed learning about it and photographing different angles of the building.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We visited the cathedral on a recent visit to Arica. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the church is said to have been brought here instead of the originally intended site as the arid desert climate was more suitable for it. It is the focal point of the town center. I read that the key/plans for assembling it was once on display... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

An interesting structure, specially in the north of Chile were the architecture is unique to the Andean culture. The cathedral was designed by Eiffel, therefore is a metal structure which I am sure will survive many earthquakes. It is out of character with the area but still interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This sight is not stunning or an absolute must but you'll most likely pass it in your way to the morro which you should definitely check out. The church is actually prettier in the outside.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Right near the port which is at the base of the city. You have to pass the church on the way into the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a very beautiful old church with a lot of history behind it. We went to Sunday mass with was well attended by tourist and locals alike.

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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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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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