Iglesia de San Francisco

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Iglesia de San Francisco information

Location
Santiago , Chile
Address
O'Higgins 834
Getting there
Metro: Universidad de Chile
Opening hours
11am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-1pm Sun
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The first stone of the austere Iglesia de San Francisco was laid in 1586, making it Santiago's oldest surviving colonial building. Its sturdy walls have weathered some powerful earthquakes, although the current clock tower, finished in 1857, is the fourth. There is an attached colonial art museum.

On the main altar look for the carving of the Virgen del Socorro (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), which Santiago's founder Pedro de Valdivia brought to Chile on his 1540 conquistador mission.