Landmark n°1. Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco y Museo de Arte Colonial (Church and Convent of Saint Francis and Colonial Art Museum)
We begin our Historical tour of Santiago in the Church and Convent of San Francisco, the oldest building in town. After the founding of Santiago, Pedro de Valdivia petitioned the council to request a plot of land to build a chapel in honor of the “Virgen del Socorro” (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), since believers of that time, after an Indian raid, attributed their survival to the possession of this iconography. To this day, it is placed on the highest altar of the church.