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Churches of Chiloe

The Churches of Chiloe in Chile are a unique architectural phenomenon in the Americas and one of the most prominent buildings of Chilota architecture. They are made entirely in native timber in an island renowned for its damp and rigorous weather.

Built in the 18th and 19th centuries when Chiloe Archipelago was still a part of the Spanish Crown possessions, they represent the culmination of a successful fusion of European Jesuit culture and local native peoples skill and traditions: an excellent example of mestizo culture.

The Churches of Chiloe have been part of the World Heritage Sites since 2000. World Monuments Fund has been working on restoration programs at various churches for more than five years. This heritage preservation project has been led by the University of Chile, Fundacion Cultural Iglesias de Chiloe and other institutions.

External links

World Heritage Evaluation

Chiloe and its Churches

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