Iglesia de San Francisco
This pocket-sized neighborhood developed on the grounds of the Franciscan convent of Iglesia de San Francisco and is made up of two...
Explore the dark history of the early days of the Pinochet regime at this former detention center. There are both guided and unguided...
Universidad de Chile
Check at the Universidad de Chile Santiago campuses for language exchanges and potential guerrilla learning opportunities. The main...
This exquisite neoclassical building is the most prestigious performing-arts venue in the city. It's home to the Ballet de Santiago, and...
If you thought meat was a must on Chilean menus, think again. El Naturista’s feasts are flesh-free, but don’t expect haute veg – this...
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Iglesia de San Francisco information
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.