Iglesia Santo Domingo

La Serena

The dainty-looking bell tower of Iglesia Santo Domingo looks as though it should have a twirling ballerina inside. The tower is a later addition, only a century old, though the attractive limestone church dates to 1755.

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2. Jardín del Corazón


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3. Plaza de Armas

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The heart of the colonial center is the palm-filled Plaza de Armas. The picturesque square makes a fine place for a stroll with a bit of people-watching…

4. Iglesia Catedral

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The handsome neoclassical Iglesia Catedral dates from 1844; it also has a sobering museum of religious art.

5. Tribunales

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Tribunales was built as a result of González Videla’s Plan Serena.

6. Municipalidad

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Pop your head inside to check out photos of the city's past.

7. Patio Colonial

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