Churches in La Serena

The peaceful city of La Serena has a few nice colonial churches to visit. Some of them date back to the 16th century. All of them are located within walking distance of Plaza de Armas in the city center.

About a half block to the west of Plaza de Armas is Iglesia de Santo Domingo. My favorite feature is the bell tower. The church was built in the late 17th century.

Iglesia de Santo Domingo in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Iglesia de Santo Domingo in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

A block east of the plaza is Iglesia de La Merced. The original church was burned down in 1680 by English pirate Bartholomew Sharp and a new one was built in the early 1700s.

Iglesia de la Merced in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de la Merced

Two blocks east of there at the end of Calle Arturo Prat is the Iglesia de San Agustín. It was built in 1672.

Iglesia de San Agustín in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de San Agustín

Iglesia de San Agustín in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de San Agustín

Iglesia de San Agustín in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de San Agustín

Finally, to the southwest of Plaza de Armas is the Iglesia de San Francisco, which was built between 1585 and 1627.

Iglesia de San Francisco in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de San Francisco

Iglesia de San Francisco in La Serena, Chile

Iglesia de San Francisco

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