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San Francisco Church, Santiago

San Francisco Church, Santiago (must see)

The church and the convent of San Francisco form the oldest religious sight in Santiago and the former symbol of the city. The colonial complex preserves a lot of memories and holds great spiritual importance for Santiaguinos.

The church, whose history is tightly intertwined with that of the city, was originally built in 1554 to accommodate the Virgen del Socorro. However, an earthquake reduced the first building to dust and the present day structure is a replacement built on the same spot later on. Its walls, a testament to the old age, have been modified and reinforced several times over the years.

A lot of ornamental additions have been made to embellish the structure, including a beautifully decorated wooden roof – a magnificent sight to behold.
There is also an annexed convent which showcases spectacular colonial art, including silverware, tapestry, figurines and paintings, which, if combined, could easily have won a prize as the largest and finest collection of colonial art in Chile. There are also many religious and other artifacts that were once used by the monks, and a wonderful collection of silverware, carvings and dozens of paintings in the rear rooms, which depict the life at the time of Saint Francis.

Why You Should Visit:
Full of Spanish paintings and other art forms in the unique style of the time. The attached museum also contains a vast array of extremely old ecclesiastical items and artworks which can't be photographed so the only way to see them is to go there. Well worth the small entry fee, but note that there is very little information in English.

Tip:
The peaceful internal garden is a cool oasis on a hot day, with chickens and peacocks roaming about, and stunning tropical flowers.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: San Francisco Church
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

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Walking Tour: Vitacura Commune of Santiago

Walking Tour: Vitacura Commune of Santiago

Vaticura is the most fashionable and the richest commune in Santiago. Citizens with a very high income are known to live in this area. The best shops, wineries, and many commercial art galleries are located here. This tour will take you to the most popular places of Vitacura Commune:

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Santiago Introduction Walk

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

Self-Guided Tour: Landmarks of Santiago

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

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

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