Tower rings

29 November 2023

Ray French

In the dusty desert settlement of San Pedro de Atacama there's a whitewashed adobe church that hails from the 17th century, a post-conquistadores time of Spanish colonial rule. It is, apparently, the second oldest church in the whole of Chile - not bad going for a construction of mud, straw, cactus, wood, and llama leather. The church takes it's name from the town but, unlike much of the rest of San Pedro, it has not significantly bowed to the whims of tourists and backpackers, instead retaining religious observance as it's core function. But you can still just pop in for a look-see outwith service times.

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BCL-03008 Iglesia San Pedro de Atacama.