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article imageThe old Church and Colonial Art Museum of St. Francis of Assisi Special

By Igor I. Solar     Apr 30, 2013 in Entertainment
Santiago - The church of St. Francis of Assisi in Santiago de Chile is the country's oldest building. The religious complex includes a former convent which holds important relics from the time of the Spanish conquest and religious artwork from the colonial period.
The church and convent of San Francis are located in the historic core of the national capital, next to Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue, the main thoroughfare of the city.
The church and convent of San Francis are located in the historic heart of the capita facing Bernard...
The church and convent of San Francis are located in the historic heart of the capita facing Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue, the main artery of the city.
The church and convent have stood the test of nearly 400 years surviving earthquakes and fires. The ...
The church and convent have stood the test of nearly 400 years surviving earthquakes and fires. The church tower has been repaired or rebuilt several times.
The original church was built in 1572. It was made of adobe bricks and erected using forced native labor. The precarious building did not last long. In 1583, a strong earthquake destroyed it. The new church was rebuilt in stone and was completed in 1618. Soon after, it began the construction of the adjacent convent, comprising two cloisters, corridors, and a courtyard with a beautiful fountain. The works were completed in 1628.
The church and monastery of Saint Francis of Assisi contain part of the artistic legacy of the Spani...
The church and monastery of Saint Francis of Assisi contain part of the artistic legacy of the Spanish colonial period. The collection is the most important in Chile and one of the best preserved of South America.
The central nave of St. Francis Church in Santiago de Chile. Both the church and the museum contain ...
The central nave of St. Francis Church in Santiago de Chile. Both the church and the museum contain many works of colonial art from the XVI and XVII Centuries.
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Church and Convent of San Francisco were the center of social and religious activities in the old capital. The site around the church was the stage for the most important community events including religious processions and parades, and patriotic festivities celebrated with bands and fireworks.
The courtyard and gardens of the convent are a true oasis of peace and tranquility right in the cent...
The courtyard and gardens of the convent are a true oasis of peace and tranquility right in the center of the busy city.
Impressive Tuscan columns support the arcades framing the outside corridors surrounding the inner co...
Impressive Tuscan columns support the arcades framing the outside corridors surrounding the inner courtyard of the convent.
Impressive Tuscan columns support the arcades framing the outside corridors surrounding the inner co...
Impressive Tuscan columns support the arcades framing the outside corridors surrounding the inner courtyard of the convent.
In addition to lush vegetation  the Convent s Courtyard is inhabited by peacocks and dwarf chickens ...
In addition to lush vegetation, the Convent's Courtyard is inhabited by peacocks and dwarf chickens, while in the fountain live koi carps and frogs.
A peacock walks its beauty in the quiet inner courtyard of the Convent of St. Francis.
A peacock walks its beauty in the quiet inner courtyard of the Convent of St. Francis.
Most of the buildings have stood the test of nearly 400 years surviving earthquakes and fires. The church tower has been repaired or rebuilt several times. Today, the religious complex of San Francisco is the oldest architectural monument in the country. In 1968, as part of a Restoration Plan, the convent located next to the old church was converted into a museum that holds many religious and literary relics, and valuable pieces of colonial art. The museum holds sculptures, carvings, jewelry, silverware, textiles, furniture and paintings.
Among the most important items in the collection stand out the series of 42 large paintings of the Cuzco school portraying the life of Saint Francis, dating back to the second half of the seventeenth century. This extensive collection of paintings, each measuring about 2x3 meters, has been attributed to Basilio de Santa Cruz (a.k.a. Pumacallao, 1635–1710), a native Quechua painter from Cusco, whose magnificent artworks are also displayed in the Cathedral of Cusco, Peru.
An old  richly carved  wooden confessional box at St. Francis Colonial Art Museum.
An old, richly carved, wooden confessional box at St. Francis Colonial Art Museum.
Small room showing the basic setup of a Franciscan monk s living quarter.
Small room showing the basic setup of a Franciscan monk's living quarter.
The Museum of Colonial Art contains several figures of Christ and Saints from the Spanish School of ...
The Museum of Colonial Art contains several figures of Christ and Saints from the Spanish School of Quito and the School of Cusco
St Peter of Alcántara. Anonymus. Polychromed wood carving; robed. 154 cm. The ancient Peruvian arti...
St Peter of Alcántara. Anonymus. Polychromed wood carving; robed. 154 cm. The ancient Peruvian artists choose to represent saints with dramatic expressions showing the rigorous asceticism of the Franciscan Saint.
The Museum of Religious Art of St. Francis of Assisi in Santiago de Chile is considered among the best in Latin America. In 1951, the complex was designated a National Historic Monument. In 1998, it was presented by the Chilean authorities for inclusion in the List of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
The old walls of the convent show the original stone blocks and remains of ancient frescoes painted ...
The old walls of the convent show the original stone blocks and remains of ancient frescoes painted on the stucco.
The Life of St. Francis of Assisi. #3  The Birth of St. Francis . By the workshop of Basilio de Sant...
The Life of St. Francis of Assisi. #3 "The Birth of St. Francis". By the workshop of Basilio de Santa Cruz Pumacallao, oil on canvas, 210 cm x 148 cm, ca. 1670-1680, in the Museo de San Francisco, Santiago, Chile.
Image taken by Memoria Chilena
#53 - The life of St. Francis of Assisi.  St. Francis Alférez of Christ . Attributed to Basilio de ...
#53 - The life of St. Francis of Assisi. "St. Francis Alférez of Christ". Attributed to Basilio de Santa Cruz. Oil on Canvas. 2x3 m.
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