Monday, 2 May 2016

Churches of Chiloé

These churches are really cool! There are 16 churches registered as part of this World Heritage Site and this postcard shows 8. Actually I think this postcard shows only 6 of the 16 registered, because the second in the upper line is the church of San Antonio de Chacao, not included in the list, and the last one in the bottom line is identified as Llau-Llau and I just can't find information... I guess sometimes postcard makers make mistakes... so, 10 churches missing.

Churches of Chiloé
This postcard was sent by Steffi

The Churches of Chiloé in Chile's Chiloé Archipelago are a unique architectural phenomenon in the Americas, and one of the most prominent styles of Chilota architecture. Unlike classical Spanish colonial architecture, the churches of Chiloé are made entirely in native timber with extensive use of wood shingles. The churches were built from materials to resist Chiloé Archipelago's humid and rainy oceanic climate.
Built in the 18th and 19th centuries when Chiloé Archipelago was still a part of the Spanish Crown possessions, the churches represent the fusion of European Jesuit culture and local native peoples' skill and traditions: an excellent example of mestizo culture. - in : wikipedia

These are the 16 churches: (in red the churches in the postcard)
  • Santa Maria de Loreto, Achao
  • Church of Quinchao
  • Church of San Francisco
  • Church of Rilán
  • Church of Nercón
  • Church of Aldachildo
  • Church of Ichuac
  • Church of Detif
  • Church of Vilupulli
  • Church of Chonchi
  • Church of Tenaún
  • Church of Colo
  • San Juan Bautista, Dalcahue
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, Dalcahue
  • Church of Chelín
  • Church of Caguach

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