Iglesia de San Francisco


Originally built in the 16th century, this church has been badly damaged by several earthquakes. It still stands in its sillar (white volcanic rock)-brick fusion glory, however, and visitors can see a large crack in the cupola – testimony to the power of quakes. The garden-plaza to its left doubles as a mini-park.

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1. Museo Histórico Municipal

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2. Monasterio de Santa Catalina

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3. Casa Ricketts

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4. Casa de Moral

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6. La Catedral

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7. Casona Iriberry

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8. Plaza de Armas

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