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Assembled in the 1870's to replace the main church lost to the 1868 earthquake, this national monument was the city's first building constructed of steel and cast iron, with only its door made from wood.
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

From the outside, this catedral is very pretty (designed by Eiffel). And from the inside, it's really peaceful, with some chanting music playing throughout and people sitting or walking around in silence. I'm not religious, but I enjoyed spending 10 minutes or so inside, just...More

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Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

Visited this Cathedral when visiting Arica Chile. Looks really nice from the inside and outside. This Cathedral is well worth a visit if you’re in Arica.

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Reviewed October 15, 2017

Wooden structure, nothing in common with a European stone Cathedral: Worth 5 minutes of your city tour.

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Reviewed September 28, 2017

Highly recommend a visit to this church, designed by Eiffel. If in Arica, don't miss it! A very interesting visit.

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Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

Inside and outside a very representative church distinguished by its metal construction. Obviously well maintained and a „must see place“ near a central park area.

Thank TM6210
Reviewed June 2, 2017

If you go to Arica, you must go here. If you can go during the day AND night. The contrast is amazing. It's a cast iron church, and resonates like you think it would. Home to some birds, and amazing frescoes (12 stations are beautiful)....More

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Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to have a chance to visit this rather quaint little church during a recent cruise stop in Arica. It is an easy walk from the cruise port, a pleasant stroll through a palm lined plaza with local vendors selling this and that....More

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Reviewed May 10, 2017

This was the most lovely of buildings. The walk up to it is so pretty through a plazza. And then to enter this church. I loved it.

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Reviewed April 26, 2017

Built in prefab form and designed by Eiffel - he of the tower in Paris and the Statue of Liberty in New York. Unusual and striking; designed to withstand the frequent earthquakes which destroyed predecessors.

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Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

This tiny Church is a wonderful gem in Arica. Designed by the famous Gustave Eiffel in 1880 on behalf of the peruvian primeminister, the Church was fabricated in pieces in Paris at Eiffel´s place, transported half Way around the World and assembled in Arica. Amazing...More

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