Landmark n°11. Iglesia Recoleta Franciscana (Franciscan Recoleta Church)
In 1645, the walls that gave life to the first chapel of the sector were raised. This place was donated to the first Franciscans that arrived in Chile.
After the earthquake of 1730, the church had to be rebuilt, and it remains the same to this day. Antonio Vidal was the architect assigned to this task that began in 1845.
The work concluded in 1864 and consisted of four cloisters, each with its own courtyard and corridors.
The most important work of the church was its charity work. Its dining rooms received dozens of homeless people every day.
The name Recoleta is based on the collection of alms and donations by its members. In Spanish “recolectar” means, “to collect”.
After the restoration work of 2010, the Fray Andresito museum reopened thanks to contributions from devotees.
Its dining room still functions until this day. Created in the 70s, it feeds 120 people every Monday through Friday, in honor of Fray Andresito.
Because of the bond it creates between religion and the inhabitants of the region, its particular beauty and its historical importance, it was declared a National Monument on July 24, 1973.
Andrés Filomeno García, better known as Fray Andresito, worked as a beggar, and helped raise funds for the construction of this church.
Address : Recoleta 220, Recoleta
Hours : Mondays through Sundays, 7:00 am to 13:00 am and 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Schedule of Masses
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sundays, 9:00 a.m., 10:30 am & 12:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Services : Access for people with reduced mobility, adapted toilets.