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Church of Castro

Almirante Latorre esquina San Martin, Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile
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Ranked #2 of 9 attractions in Castro
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: Made entirely of wood, this striking church was designed by an Italian architect in a blend of Neo-Gothic and classic design.
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Shiplake
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

A lot of beautiful details in the woodwork. You just have to remember it has been rebuilt twice but it is still a nice quirky church with a lot of charm.

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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167 reviews 167 reviews
50 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Cathedral is an impressive building with boatworking skills in construction. The panels showing other churches in the archipelago and their construction techniques was also an added benefit - particularly as we found all other churches visited on the island during our stay (including the World Heritage sites) were closed.

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Denver, Colorado
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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

One of the famous wooden Jesuit churches of Chiloe, the one on the plaza above the port of Castro is beautiful inside! The walk to get there from the port is daunting, and straight up, but worth it for unusual form, history and beauty of this church. Make the effort!

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Ashland, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Definitely worth a visit and, hopefully, you will do so at a time it is open. That has been a bit of a problem--it was closed 4 of the 5 times I brought visitors in December and January.

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Ludington, Michigan
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We enjoyed the Plaza de Armas for an afternoon and then again in the morning admiring the church from outside. When we finally went inside I was blown away by the workmanship and the dedication of these island people. A funeral was just finishing and the music was wonderful. We took some pictures and then watched a wedding party gathering... More

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

the exterior yellow glistens in the sun but it's all about the interior so be sure to visit during the day.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

If you visit only one church in Chiloe, this is the one you can't miss. And you have to see it from the inside!

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Brummen, The Netherlands
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22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

It looks like it it only open just before, after and during mass. The inside is a typical gothic church but completely and lovingly made of wood.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

A bit to brightly painted on the outside ;), but when you walk in there's the warm soft wood of which Everything is made! A little jewel..

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Calif.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The largest of the World Heritage churches, it is painted and restored to its original splendor.. except for the outside color! it is like a bright Easter egg on the main plaza.

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