Iglesia De San Francisco, Santiago

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    Gabriela Mistral gift

    by jorgejuansanchez Updated Jan 6, 2016

    Gabriela Mistral won the Nobel Price of Literature and donated the golden medal and document of the prize to the church of San Francisco. You can see it inside. I did not, I did not know this fact when I visited the church and the museum, what I regret.
    Only when I open the picture of the plaque that I show here I learnt it. But it was too late, I was in a bus in my way to Argentina.

    Address: alameda

    Directions: downtown

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    San Francisco monastery

    by jorgejuansanchez Updated Dec 17, 2015

    Apart from the church, the first built in Chile (by Pedro de Valdivia), I also visited the monastery, just annexed. I paid a little fee and entered the patio and the rooms with many paintings and statues representing one of the saints from Extremadura, San Pedro de Alcantara, a franciscan friar.
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    IGLESIA Y CONVENTO DE SAN FRANCISCO

    UNESCO describe de la siguiente guisa este lugar candidato a devenir en un próximo futuro un Patrimonio de la Humanidad: La Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco se ubican en la vereda sur de la Avenida Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins –la principal arteria de la ciudad–, frente al Cerro Santa Lucía, en pleno centro de Santiago. La Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco tienen su origen en la Ermita del Socorro, establecida para albergar la imagen de la Virgen de esta advocación, traída al país por el conquistador hispano, fundador de Santiago, Pedro de Valdivia. Esta imagen, tallada y policromada en Italia, fue muy venerada tanto por Valdivia como por sus compañeros, quienes atribuyeron a su intercesión el haber sobrevivido a los ataques de los indígenas. Su devoción mantuvo su fuerza durante la Colonia, y pervive hasta hoy.
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    Mis amigos chilenos me habían recomendado visitar en la avenida de la Alameda de Santiago esta iglesia, la primera en Chile, que también fue un antiguo convento. Fue fácil hallarla, pues al lado se localizaba un moai de piedra de la Isla de Pascua y poseía una torre campanario con un reloj que se veía de lejos.
    Fui a ella una mañana, las 8, y asistí a la misa, tras ello comulgué y compré un cirio.
    Todo el interior producía una atmósfera de quietud, de recogimiento. Incluso el techo artesonado era de una belleza sin par.
    Al salir de la misa observé que en un anexo de la iglesia había un Museo Colonial, en el interior del viejo convento. Escudriñé por entre unas rejas y me pareció magnífico; por su patio se paseaban pavos reales desplegando sus preciosas plumas para atraer y seducir a las pavas, que al principio se hacían las indiferentes.
    El precio de entrada era de risa, no llegaba ni a los 10 céntimos de euro. Y, además, me regalaron un folleto en colores.
    Una placa de mármol recordaba que el conquistador extremeño Pedro de Valdivia había fundado esa iglesia, y frases de alabanza hacia ella del Premio Nobel de Literatura, Gabriela Mistral.
    Pasé más tiempo en ese magnífico museo que en la misa. En las salas había tallas de madera representando santos, muy bien labradas. El santo principal era San Pedro de Alcántara, que se veía por doquier, en los murales también. También entré en una sala donde 54 pinturas detallaban la vida de San Francisco de Asís.
    Esa visita, he de confesar, fue la que me causó más satisfacción de mi estancia de una semana en Santiago de Chile.

    Address: downtown

    Directions: in Alameda

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    Oldest church in the city

    by filipdebont Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A little bit further along the big and busy Avenido Libertador Bernardo O'Higgings, you can se the oldest church of the city : The Iglesia San Francisco.

    This Iglesia San Francisco dated from the beginning of the 17th century. This church inaugurated in 1628 and survived 3 earthquakes.

    Inside the church you can see the Virgen Del Socorro, brought by Pedro de Valdivia when he entered Chile.

    Next to the church is the monastery, which houses Museo Colonial, which is showing an important collection of art from the Spanish period and some paintings on the life of Saint Francis.

    Address: Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgings

    Directions: Metro : Universidad de Chile

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    The oldest church in Santiago

    by Jefie Written Sep 24, 2008

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    La Iglesia de San Francisco, dating back to 1572, is the oldest standing colonial building in Santiago. It has survived the earthquakes that have destroyed the Catedral Metropolitana no less than four times, only losing its clock tower in the process (the current one was built in 1857). The church is famous for housing the Virgen del Socorro, the first Virgin Mary icon brought to Chile by Pedro de Valdivia, the conquistador of Chile, who believed it would protect him from Native attacks. Another feature I found interesting was the graffiti prayer wall, where students have left hundreds of prayers for their friends and family. The church's massive stone walls and arches are also quite impressive, no wonder it's been able to make it through so many earthquakes!

    Address: La Alameda

    Directions: Downtown Santiago, metro Universidad de Chile

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    one of the oldest churches in Santiago

    by globetrott Updated Apr 18, 2008

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    Dont miss to take a look at Iglesia San Francisco, which is one of the oldest churches of Santiago. The gates are open during the day and you can enter freely and without restrictions, also photography is no problem at all inside the church !
    Much more interesting than the church interior is without doubt the museum inside the old franciscan monastery (see my next tip !)

    Address: Av. Lib. General B. O'Higgins

    Directions: Get out at Metro-station : Sta.Luca ! Iglesia San Francisco is opposite of the National Library / Biblioteca National on Av. Lib. General B. O'Higgins.

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    Museo Colonial San Francisco

    by globetrott Updated Apr 18, 2008

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    Museo Colonial San Francisco was built inside the former franciscan monastery next to Eglesia San Francisco and it is really worth seeing !
    The museum is divided into several rooms and you will enter each of them through a different door from the monastery-garden. In the first one photography was not forbidden, while in the other ones sign-posts at the entrance clearly said : No photography. So you will see in my photographs only the best exhibits from this first room, the other rooms are similar !
    Museo Colonial San Francisco is open for visitors
    daily except Monday from 10am - 01.30pm & 03 - 06pm
    sundays & holidays between 10.00am and 02.00pm
    entrancefee is 1000 $ (=2 euro)

    Address: Av. Lib. General B. O'Higgins

    Directions: Museo Colonial San Francisco is opposite of the National Library / Biblioteca National on Av. Lib. General B. O'Higgins. Metro-station : Sta.Luca

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    The oldest church

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Oct 16, 2005

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    The lovely red-walled church of Saint Francis (Iglesia de San Francisco) is the oldest building in all Santiago. It has stood on the Almeda for more than 400 years and whilst it has seem much rebuilding as a result of earthquake damage (Santiago has been severely damaged by earthquakes numerous times, the most recent –and devastating – in 1960) it remains, first and foremost, as a functioning church in this most Catholic of countries as well as being an important historical marker.
    The museum housed here is probably best sought out only by those with a passion for church history. Its focus is the history of the Franciscans in the country, with lots of religious art, ecclesiastical vestments and the like. It’s open daily between 10am- 6pm, but closes for lunch between 1 and 3. There is a small admission charge.

    Address: Ave Bernardo O'Higgins

    Directions: Barrio Paris Londres

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    Templo Basicilica de la Merced

    by ezaguryk Written Mar 4, 2005

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    The temple la Merced was the most sumptuous temple of Santiago where important people were buried. Have several works of art. In the lateral door of the church it is left an old convent, it is today the museum of the la merced.

    Merced era el templo más suntuoso de Santiago donde se enterraban personas importantes varias obras de arte. En la puerta lateral de la iglesia queda un antiguo convento que es hoy el museo de la merced

    Address: Av Mac iver with Merced

    Directions: From the plaza de armas take the av. merced and walk two block

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    Iglesia de La Merced - La Merced Church

    by dargains Written Sep 29, 2004

    Localizada a poucas quadras da Catedral Metropolitana, esta igreja construida em homenagem a La Merced que e uma santa muito presente nas colonizações espanholas mas realmente nao sei do que se trata, outra peculiaridade e o fato de ser a unica igreja vermelha que eu ja vi em toda minha vida.

    Umbicada a unas 3 quadras de la Catedral Metropolitana, esta iglesia construida como un homenaje, a La Merced que es una Santa mucho popular en los países de colonizacion espanhola, pero yo no la conozco bien, outro fato muy particular de esta iglesia es que es la unica iglesia roja que yo hay visto en toda mi vida

    Located 3 blocks away from Metropolitan Cathedral this church built in tribute to La Merced, wich is a saint very popular among countries colonized by Spain but that i don´t know anything about, has the great peculiarity of being the only red church i have ever seen.

    Address: Calle Merced

    Directions: Andate 3 quadras desde la Plaza de Armas en direcion a la Cordillera
    Andar 3 quadras desde a praca de armas em direção a cordilheira
    Walk 3 blocks from Plaza the Armas in the direction of the moyuntains

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    Iglesia de San Francisco - Igreja de Sao Francisco

    by dargains Updated Sep 29, 2004

    Marco de um dos distritos mais tipicos da capital chilena a Igreja de Sao francisco impressiona pela sua simplicidade

    Marco de uno los districtos mais tipicos de la capital chilena, la Iglesia de San Francisco nos impressiona por su simplicidad.

    The San Francisco Church impresses by the simplicity in wich is built within one of the most tipycal districts of the chilean Capital.

    Address: Alameda y Londres

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    Iglesia de La Merced

    by IIGUANA Written Jan 20, 2004

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    I said it once, and I say it again: I've got a thing for old churches.
    This particular church is located at the corner of Merced and Mac-Gyver streets, quite close to the Plaza de Armas.
    It's a colonial church, with an indisputable red color on the outside. And the inside is even more beautiful.
    If you like churches as I do, you better not miss this one.

    Address: Close to Plaza de Armas

    Directions: Take line 5 of the subway (connections with line 1 and line 2) and get off in Plaza de Armas station

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    Iglesia de San Francisco

    by IIGUANA Written Nov 21, 2003

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    Built between 1586 and 1628 under the supervision of Fray Antonio, this Franciscan temple is one of the oldest pieces of architecture to be found in Chile. Though it has stood up to the many earthquakes, it has also been restored on various occasions. The architecture is a mixture of neo-classical and colonial.
    The remains of "La Virgen del Socorro", a small wooden statue brought over from Italy by Pedro de Valdivia, is kept on the high altar. Immediately after the founding of Santiago, a hermitage was built and then taken over by the Franciscans who began the construction of the convent.
    The existing tower was built in 1857 and was preceded by three others. Inside, wonderful gold decorations of Moorish influence adorn the ceiling, and there are valuable statues of saints from the colonial era.
    Open Hours: 7.30am- 12.30pm, 3.30pm-8pm Mon-Sat; 8am-2pm,6.30am-8pm Sun

    Address: Av. Libertador Bernardo O?Higgins 834, Santiag

    Directions: Take the subway (line 1) and get off in Santa Lucia station. It's 2 blocks away.

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    Inside the Church of San Francisco

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Jan 6, 2016

    I visited first the church, assisted to the Mass service of 8 AM (I was living in a hotel next door), then I paid the entrance to the museum, which is wonderful.

    Address: alameda

    Directions: downtown

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    Iglesia De San Francisco

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 30, 2009

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    Santiago's oldest Cathedral also houses the Colonial Art Museum. This is, in my opinion, Santiago's most beautiful cathedral.

    Address: Alameda 834

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