Historic Place of Worship
The Metropolitan Cathedral was commissioned along with the Plaza de Armas by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. The Cathedral underwent several reconstructions as the sanctuary was repeatedly damaged in the major earthquakes of Chile. Several changes were made through the centuries, until the end of the 19th century when the two iconic towers were added.
The Cathedral ‘s Right Nave hosts memorials to national heroes while the Left Nave features elaborate shrines to various saints like St. Christopher and Archangel Michael.
Grand Architecture and Treasure
The Cathedral is an architectural treasure. Its ornate walls, chandeliers and artwork exhibit some of the finest work in all of Chile. The decorated ceiling of the Cathedral is simply stunning. The massive wooden doors were carved from cedar by Jesuit monks and installed in 1765. The Cathedral also houses a museum which boasts a spectacular collection of religious art and artefacts.