Landmark n°15. Parroquia del Sagrario (Parish of the Shrine)
This stunning church located next to the Cathedral is dedicated to the patroness of Chile, Virgen del Carmen.
It was inaugurated in 1863 by Monsignor Valentín Valdivieso. The building was later perfected by architect Ignacio Cremonesi, who completed his work in 1905, design that remains to this day.
The parish manages to maintain a style that balances the austere and majestic, has a single section oriented north-south and its roof consists of a barrel vault decorated with religious scenes.
Originally it was accessed by the main door on “Plaza de Armas”, but there is currently an entry from inside the cathedral.
The beautiful image of the Virgen del Carmen, was carved in wood in 1826 and 1828 in Paris, which has glass eyes and is richly dressed according to European custom. Originally it was in the “Basilica del Salvador “in Santiago where it remained for over a hundred years, but when the Basilica was closed because of the earthquake of 1985, the image was moved to its present place of worship: “Parroquia del Sagrario”.
Because of all the above features, it was declared a National Monument in 1975.
In 2008, a homeless person intentionally set fire to the image of the Virgen del Carmen and practically destroyed it. Three months later it was restored and again enthroned.
Address: Plaza de Armas 444
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm / Sundays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Services: Access for people with reduced mobility.