Iglesia de San Francisco
This pocket-sized neighborhood that developed on the grounds of the Franciscan convent of Iglesia de San Francisco. It's made up of two...
Qualified English teachers may find work at this language school. There's also a library with some English-language newspapers and...
Cerro Santa Lucía
Rising out of the eastern side of the Centro is Cerro Santa Lucía. It was a rocky hill until 19th-century city mayor Benjamín Vicuña...
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. 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 to protect him from attacks.