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Iglesia Santa Maria de Loreto

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Address: Plaza de Armas, Achao | Frente a Plaza de Armas, Isla Chiloe 5750000, Chile
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The plain brown exterior of the oldest church in Chiloe belies its...

The plain brown exterior of the oldest church in Chiloe belies its interesting multicolored interior.

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A piece of art

Achao is a very little town with a few nice things to see and appreciate. One of them is the Achao church named the " Santa maria de Loreto ". It is the oldest church in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 May 2016
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Terrebonne, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Achao is a very little town with a few nice things to see and appreciate. One of them is the Achao church named the " Santa maria de Loreto ". It is the oldest church in the country, it was built in 1740. This church if completely made of wood and the exterior was done with some special wood shingle... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Ancient church from a 100 years ago, made of wood in a natural color. The most impressive of its architecture is the ceiling. Nice to visit if you are in the area. Located in Achao, a small island 10 minutes away from Chiloe, you have to take a ferry.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

As part of a cruise excursion on our way to Antarctica, my wife & I visited some of the 16 fascinating, 19th-century, wooden churches on Chiloe Island on Tuesday 12/23. Together these churches constitute a UNESCO World Heritage site that is well worth your time. This particular church has a most unusual ceiling, plus other lovely interior details.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Although very ordinary looking from the outside, the interior is a pleasant surprise. Located on the Island of Quinchao, which can be reached by ferry from Dalcahue. Note: Although the hours of operation are posted in the church window, the day I visited, it was closed for most of the afternoon, only to re-open a few minutes before closing time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

The church was under construction for a major renovation, and almost completely obscured by tall fencing. However we could see the top half of the structure and most of the bell tower. What is interesting is that this and most other structures and houses are built of wood, whereas in Northern Chile, Peru and Ecuador all is stone, adobe or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2013

This is the oldest church in the region and is actually on the island of Quinchao which is a short 10 minute ferry ride from the main island. If you have a car it's a good place to aim for because it gets you onto another island and via the drive allows you to see many different things. (museums, lagoons,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2013

Achao is a really tiny village, in a secondary island on Chiloe's Archipelago, the Church - the oldest of the wood Churches of the region - is a piece of art - an amazing job in wood architecture - worth for the visit - the rural views on the way are very beautiful as well.

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