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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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