Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama

#1 of 12 in Historic Sites in Antofagasta Region
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Church
One of the oldest buildings in Chile, whitewashed colonial-style Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama is an outstanding example of indigenous building techniques. The masons used rock and adobe (dried mud) for the walls, two types of local wood for the roof, and slats made of giant elephant cactus for the ceiling. Notice how the door and the portal are bound together with llama leather. The interior features a brightly colored altar, standing in contrast to the simple and elegant white exterior. The garden planted with algarrobo and pepper trees surrounds the church, declared a historical monument in 1951. With our world travel planner, San Pedro de Atacama attractions like Iglesia de San Pedro de Atacama can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We found the atmosphere calming and serene because of the simplicity of the design. The roof is a feature made of cactus wood - looking a little like tyre tread design in its grain.  more »
  • Worth dropping in to see the interior and read a bit about the history of the church. You will see better but not too many made like this one. Free entry and easy access if walking around the town.  more »
  • The creaking floor and quiet atmosphere make this beautiful old church feel mysterious. Why not to pay a visit when visiting San Pedro.
  • This is a very cozy church at the main square. A little piece of history amid San Pedro and worth seeing.
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