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Basílica de la Merced, Santiago

Basílica de la Merced, Santiago (must see)

Basilica de la Merced is a great religious sight in Santiago and a proof that not all relics associated with Jesus Christ are stored in the Vatican. The basilica is said to house a sliver of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, which was reportedly donated to Chilean mercenaries by King Alfonso XIII of Spain. This has made the basilica a major attraction, along with its splendid, neo-Renaissance architecture and a religious museum inside.

The church was built originally in 1566 by Mercedarians, but destroyed by an earthquake; a new building was raised in its place in 1736. The church boasts a spectacular interior with a Bavarian Baroque pulpit and the sixteenth-century image of Virgin Mary on the altar. The church museum displays the life of the Merced order and holds some truly exceptional pieces from the Easter Island, including a rare rongorongo tablet. Despite the presence of an on-site museum, masses are served in the basilica every day.

Why You Should Visit:
The street presence is bold but the interior is balanced, much resembling the grand halls of some French renaissance palace.
Beautiful deus! Incredible timber floor! And, if you're lucky enough, you can hear the charming bell.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Basílica de la Merced on Map

Sight Name: Basílica de la Merced
Sight Location: Santiago, Chile
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Santiago, Chile

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

Create Your Own Walk in Santiago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santiago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour: Providencia Commune of Santiago

Walking Tour: Providencia Commune of Santiago

Providencia is a commune in Santiago that includes the famous shopping and nightlife district of Bellevista. In this densely populated part of the city, you will see many mansions where the elite of Santiago once lived. The Metropolitan Zoo and Teleferico are also highlights of this area. This tour will take you to the most visited places of the commune:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Walking Tour: Vitacura Commune of Santiago

Walking Tour: Vitacura Commune of Santiago

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Recoleta Commune Walk

Recoleta Commune Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Santiago Introduction Walk

Santiago Introduction Walk

The downtown area of Chilean capital Santiago is a true treasure trove for architecture and history lovers. Spending time in Santiago, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, will be even more enjoyable if you follow this orientation walk and explore the city's colonial past.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Walking Tour: Santiago Museums

Walking Tour: Santiago Museums

Santiago, the capital of Chile, was founded by Spanish conquerers. As most other capitals, the heart of Santiago is full of museums rich in the culture and history of the city and of Chile. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most visited museums of Santiago:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago

Kids Self-Guided Tour of Santiago

Santiago offers great attractions for children. Your kids are sure to enjoy Fantasilandia, the Railway Museum, Zoo and sweets shops. The following self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular and educational attractions for kids in Santiago:

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.8 Km or 6.1 Miles

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