San Francisco Church

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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.
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,339 contributions
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.
Written April 19, 2020
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5,842 contributions
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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.
Written February 29, 2020
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WorldTravelers34
Chicago, IL2,399 contributions
This is a beautiful church. The San Francisco Church (Spanish: Iglesia de San Francisco) is a Franciscan church on Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, in the downtown of Santiago. The church, along with the adjacent convent, is one of the oldest colonial-era buildings in Chile. This iconic church ranks among the city's oldest and most beautiful religious structures, dating back to the original Spanish settlements.

The church is located near Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, next to Parque San Borja.
Written January 27, 2020
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14,675 contributions
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.
Written March 10, 2020
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Steven T
Seattle, WA1,801 contributions
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I was told that the San Francisco cathedral is the oldest building in the entire city. It is an amazingly well maintained and majestic cathedral. I didn’t see a speck of dust anywhere. In fact, a maintenance person was vacuuming the largest altar during my visit. You can definitely feel the centuries of history as you walk through this grand old cathedral. There are numerous altars throughout the cathedral, each uniquely beautiful. If you’re out walking along Avenue Libertador Bernardo (the main avenue in Santiago) it would be definitely worth your while to stop inside and have a look at this grand old cathedral.
Written September 4, 2019
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bukagirl
New Jersey3,773 contributions
Solo
A beautiful church if you are in the area and love old historic churches this is a must.
The artwork is beautiful and I was lucky enough to hear them
sing X-mas songs a beautiful experience.
Written December 25, 2019
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,393 contributions
Couples
The church looked relatively unassuming from the outside but it is a beautiful and worth the visit place in the downtown of Santiago. There is a convent right next to it and both are the oldest colonial-era buildings in Chile. They survived even major earthquakes - except for the bell tower.
Written October 11, 2014
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Lorraine B
Vienna, Austria9 contributions
Couples
The Church is the oldest in Chile and right next to our hotel, Plaza San Francisco and the Museo Colonial. Looks very plain from the outside but is quite impressive inside. Very calming interior and spacious, makes one want to just sit and absorb the peacefulness of it.
Written January 23, 2018
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,748 contributions
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The church and the accompanying museum in the next door convent are well worth seeing, if only for their rather faded and run down state of repair. The artefacts are interesting, but the walls are crumbling and the decay actually proves rather attractive. The church is free to visit (if mass is taking place) but the museum charges a minimal CS1000. The cloistered grounds of the museum house gardens and peacocks, whereas the galleries are packed with paintings and statuary.
Written July 13, 2017
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Terrance1953
Manchester, CT79 contributions
Couples
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.
Written February 12, 2019
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