San Francisco Church, Santiago

4.5
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The oldest building still surviving from colonial times, San Francisco Church represents a significant landmark in the capital city and one that is hard to distinguish from the city itself. Founded in 1622, the church has survived several earthquakes to remain standing where it is today. There have been some modifications over the years including a Victorian-style bell tower added in the mid-1800s to replace earlier destroyed versions. The church’s cultural and historical significance has earned it World Heritage Site status. Appreciate the beauty of this building’s exterior and visit the adjacent museum containing a significant collection of colonial art. It’s best to bring a guidebook or do some research ahead of time, as there is little explanation of the building at the site itself. Plan your visit to San Francisco Church and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Santiago vacation maker app.
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  • 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...  more »
  • A very beautiful church with embossed gold and paintings on the ceiling. It also has a very serene feel to the place.  more »
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  • Gorgeous Church. Pay attention to the details, the structure. The church is impressive in size as well as details around it. This is a legend in Santiago Chile. A Must Visit. Very clean... it gets busy with tourist.. best days to go is on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Oldest? Church in Santiago. Nicely restored ceilings. On some places you can still see the original wall mortar!

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