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The immense red walls and vast great room leave visitors in awe as this 16th centruy structure is Santiago's oldest building.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 834, Santiago 8330082, Chile
+56 2 2638 3238
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is one of the oldest churches in Santiago. The couryard in the back is most interesting and it is possible to see a couple of peacocks raoming in the gardens. The church itself is a good example of the churces of the era. When...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was a little underwhelmed by this church and a little disappointed that the adjoining museum was closed. This is a very old church that was destroyed in a fire but never regained its previous splendor.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Typical old Spanish church. To be honest, you've see one you've see them all mostly. Just missed the museum which gave you access to the cloisters.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Terrance1953
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church was right next to the hotel we stayed and I wanted to be sure to visit the inside while we were there. Unfortunately they were having a service and I felt bad about looking around during a worship service but I knew that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gary6353
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the big old churches in town, near the center, and worth a visit and a view of the interior architecture. Not the greatest.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed December 22, 2018

This is the only XVI sec remainder church in Santiago. Well preserved ... don’t miss the religious art museum besides it.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

One of the oldest churches in South America, very beautiful! Fairly aggresive beggar at the front door. Beautiful neighbourhood.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

This church is fairly large because the visit gives you access to the grounds. There are several rooms with artifacts and art, most of them on the life of Saint Francis of Asisi. Most rooms were a bit dark and took away from the experience,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Manuelq57
Reviewed December 1, 2018

The main reason we called in was that this small church was right next to our hotel. We were pleased that we did. Great architecture and a really calming atmosphere.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard W
Reviewed November 29, 2018

The church goes back to the 16th century and is a very modest looking building from the outside and once inside its very different than other churches with its stacked stone wall construction ...we just happened to walk by it and went in...well worth it.Its...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Patrick S
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