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Address: Arica, Chile
Description: 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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An All-Iron Church

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Pensacola, Florida
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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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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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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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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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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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