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San Francisco Church

991 Reviews

San Francisco Church

991 Reviews
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Avenida Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 834, Santiago 8330082 Chile
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Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic
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Small-Group Cajón del Maipo Full-Day Tour and Picnic

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Though undeniably beautiful, the Embalse El Yeso reservoir in Cajon del Maipo is notoriously difficult to access. Visit as part of a guided tour from Santiago to let an experienced driver handle the pot-holed road while you admire spectacular views of the Andes Mountains. This small-group tour is limited to just 13 people or fewer—the perfect size for enjoying your picnic lunch and a bottle of wine upon arrival.
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WImom wrote a review Apr 2020
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,339 contributions305 helpful votes
Spent about 20 minutes here. Took the metro University of Chile to here and walked a short distance. Free entry. The first stone was laid here in 1586 making it Santiago's oldest surviving colonial building. There is an attached colonial-art museum for a fee.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Karen O wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada98 contributions24 helpful votes
A very beautiful church with embossed gold and paintings on the ceiling. It also has a very serene feel to the place.
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Date of experience: March 2020
ruthandvern wrote a review Mar 2020
Wilton, California13,815 contributions1,045 helpful votes
This is not a gaudy display type church. This is a living, breathing community. It just happens to be fantastically beautiful. The ceilings are like none I've ever seen. Frescoes are on the ceilings of each apse. The alter and two side altars are mostly simple and fantastic. 1st constructed in 1622 it is the oldest surviving church through the earth's activity. What a miracle. It was quiet and peaceful.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Sachin K wrote a review Feb 2020
Plainview, New York5,779 contributions15,389 helpful votes
The San Francisco Church is a Franciscan church on Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins in downtown of Santiago. The church, along with the adjacent convent, is one of the oldest colonial-era buildings in Chile and the oldest one in Santiago. The church was consecrated in 1622. It’s bell tower was destroyed by an earthquake in 1647, while the rest of the building successfully resisted it. In 1730 another earthquake badly damaged the rebuilt tower, which was demolished in 1751. The current bell tower is of Victorian architecture and was constructed in the mid-1800s. It’s architect was Fermín Vivaceta and features a distinctive clock. Could not visit inside. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting this old church.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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browncondo2102 wrote a review Feb 2020
Kitchener, Canada1,167 contributions228 helpful votes
Built in 1622 it was Chile's first Catholic Church. The architecture inside the church is breathtaking. Earthquakes destroyed the clock tower twice and the one now there was built in the 1800's.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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