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.
The assigned space was considered a distant and dangerous place, so in 1554 the Franciscan order donated the land where the church was built in 1618, which consisted of stone walls, a tower and a coffered ceiling.
The adjoining convent to the church today is the Museum, inaugurated in 1969, which owns the most valuable collection of colonial art in Chile and the best preserved in all South America. The most prominent pieces are 42 paintings from the Cuzco school depicting the life of “San Francisco” (Saint Francis).
The church and convent (museum) were declared National Monuments in 1951, being the greatest exponent of Andean art in America and is now a permanent Study Centre for students and a great attraction for tourists.
The Museum of Colonial Art, adjacent to the Church, houses the medals received by Gabriela Mistral when she was awarded with the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1945.
Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 834
Students and Elderly: $500 – General public: $1.000.-
Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
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Access for people with reduced mobility and adapted toilets.
Wi-Fi connection and learning material included. Pets allowed.
Photography only allowed in gardens and hallways.