Catedral de San Marcos

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Catedral de San Marcos information

Location
Arica , Chile
Address
San Marcos 260
Plaza Colón
Opening hours
8:30am-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-1pm Sat, 9am-1pm & 7:30-9pm Sun
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This Gothic-style church has a threefold claim to fame. First, it was designed by celebrated Parisian engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, before his success with the Eiffel Tower. Second, it was prefabricated in Eiffel's Paris shop in the 1870s (at the order of the Peruvian president) then shipped right around the world to be assembled on site. Still more curious is the construction itself: the entire church is made of stamped and molded cast iron, coated with paint.

Major renovations (taking a year or more) are planned for the cathedral, so it may be off-limits by the time you get there.