Iglesia del Monasterio del Carmen Bajo de San Rafael

Santiago, Chile

Iglesia del Monasterio del Carmen Bajo de San Rafael

The Iglesia del Monasterio del Carmen Bajo de San Rafael is a Catholic church located on Independencia Avenue, in the district of Independencia of the city of Santiago, Chile. Founded as a monastery in 1770, operated as such until 1958, and since 1985 is the seat for the Vicaría Episcopal Zona Norte of the Archdiocese of Santiago. The church, along with the surviving buildings of the former monastery, was declared as a National Monument of Chile on November 24, 1983, within the category of Historic Monuments.

On January 30,1762, the corregidor of Santiago Luis Manuel de Zañartu sent a petition to King Charles III of Spain requesting the construction of a monastery in the city for the Discalced Carmelites. It was granted by a Royal Decree in July 1766. The site chose for the monastery was located in La Cañadilla neighborhood, north of the Mapocho River.



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