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Santa Maria de Loreto Church

Plaza de Armas, Achao, Isla Chiloe, Chile
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Ranked #8 of 22 attractions in Isla Chiloe
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: The plain brown exterior of the oldest church in Chiloe belies its interesting multicolored interior.
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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Although very ordinary looking from the outside, the interior is a pleasant surprise. Located on the Island of Quinchao, which can be reached by ferry from Dalcahue. Note: Although the hours of operation are posted in the church window, the day I visited, it was closed for most of the afternoon, only to re-open a few minutes before closing time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

The church was under construction for a major renovation, and almost completely obscured by tall fencing. However we could see the top half of the structure and most of the bell tower. What is interesting is that this and most other structures and houses are built of wood, whereas in Northern Chile, Peru and Ecuador all is stone, adobe or... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This is the oldest church in the region and is actually on the island of Quinchao which is a short 10 minute ferry ride from the main island. If you have a car it's a good place to aim for because it gets you onto another island and via the drive allows you to see many different things. (museums, lagoons,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Achao is a really tiny village, in a secondary island on Chiloe's Archipelago, the Church - the oldest of the wood Churches of the region - is a piece of art - an amazing job in wood architecture - worth for the visit - the rural views on the way are very beautiful as well.

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