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Chiloe Sights

Iglesia de San Francisco

  • corner of Freire and Caupolican
  • Castro
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Fodor's Review

Any tour of Castro begins with this much-photographed 1906 church, constructed in the style of the archipelago's wooden churches, only bigger and grander. Depending on your perspective, terms like "pretty" or "pretty garish" describe the orange-and-lavender exterior, colors chosen when the structure was spruced up before Pope John Paul II's 1987 visit. It's infinitely more reserved on the inside. The dark-wood interior's centerpiece is the monumental carved crucifix hanging

from the ceiling. In the evening, a soft, energy-efficient external illumination system makes the church one of Chiloé's most impressive sights.

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Sight Information


Plaza de Armas, corner of Freire and Caupolican, Castro, Chile


/No phone

Sight Details:

  • Dec.–Feb., daily 9–12:30 and 3–11:30; Mar.–Nov., daily 9–12:30 and 3–9:30


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