The San Francisco Church (Spanish: Iglesia de San Francisco) is a Franciscan church on Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, in the downtown of Santiago de Chile. The church, along with the adjacent convent, is one of the oldest colonial-era buildings in the country. It has been resistant to about 15 earthquakes of magnitude over 7.
The church was consecrated in 1622. The first bell tower was destroyed by an earthquake in 1647 and its collapse caused damage in a part of the choir. The rest of the building successfully resisted it. In 1730 another earthquake badly damaged the rebuilt tower, which was demolished in 1751. The current bell tower is of Victorian architecture and was constructed in the mid-1800s. Its architect was Fermín Vivaceta and features a distinctive clock.
Leonardo Diaz | Jan 29, 2018
Oldest? Church in Santiago. Nicely restored ceilings. On some places you can still see the original wall mortar!
Phillip Allen-Baines | Feb 8, 2018
Interesting 16th century church. Looks great inside.
Kenneth Barker | Feb 17, 2018
Impressive. Consecrated 1622 one of the oldest colonial buildings in the country.
PIA BEATRIZ ARISMENDI | Jun 21, 2017
The most antique Church in Santiago. So simple at the outside and incredibly complex in the inside. This is definitely must visit place if you are visiting Santiago city.
David M | Jan 6, 2017
This senior citizen of Santiago churches makes up for grand splendour inside. We happened to stumble across it as it didn't appear as a google site but it was definitely worth making the effort to check it out. The walls are absolutely incredible with exposed stone that has been meticulously stacked to build this monument
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