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Catedral de San Marcos

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Address: Arica, Chile
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Assembled in the 1870's to replace the main church lost to the 1868...

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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We were only able to drive by this famous cathedral built by Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame as it is being worked on. This was part of the excellent private tour we took from South... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2016
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We were only able to drive by this famous cathedral built by Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame as it is being worked on. This was part of the excellent private tour we took from South Excursions during our recent cruise. I hope to go back sometime and see the inside.

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

It is located in the central square located at the foot of the hill , san marcos cathedral was built in the workshops of eifel , a meeting place and meeting local people , small and beautiful

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

A stop on a cruise. Don't waste your money on a cruise tour. Take a private tour or a cab. The church is closed to tourists. Scaffolding surrounds most of the outside. Arica was clean and easy to get around. The downtown center was our first stop. Most everything was closed.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

At the very center of Arica. Nice building. Built by the famous Eifell (yes the one of the famous tower you know where...)

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This all iron church, with all its history, was so unusual in this location. Really enjoyed learning about it and photographing different angles of the building.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We visited the cathedral on a recent visit to Arica. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the church is said to have been brought here instead of the originally intended site as the arid desert climate was more suitable for it. It is the focal point of the town center. I read that the key/plans for assembling it was once on display... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

An interesting structure, specially in the north of Chile were the architecture is unique to the Andean culture. The cathedral was designed by Eiffel, therefore is a metal structure which I am sure will survive many earthquakes. It is out of character with the area but still interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This sight is not stunning or an absolute must but you'll most likely pass it in your way to the morro which you should definitely check out. The church is actually prettier in the outside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Right near the port which is at the base of the city. You have to pass the church on the way into the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a very beautiful old church with a lot of history behind it. We went to Sunday mass with was well attended by tourist and locals alike.

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