Iglesia San Marcos

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Iglesia San Marcos information

Arica , Chile
Extras Plaza Colón
Opening hours
mass 8:30am Mon-Fri, 8pm Sat, 10am-noon & 8pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

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.