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The archipelago of Chiloe Islands off southern Chile, do not cover a large surface area, but with all the inlets and waterways, it creates a number of islands known for rugged beauty, and also traditional wooden churches, very unique to this area. In fact, the Chiloe Islands contain a total of 16 churches built in the 18th and 19th centuries that have been declared as World Heritage Sites.
Located in the largest town on Quinchao Island, Achao, this church is often just referred to as the church of Achao, but is more formally named the Church of Santa Maria de Loreto. It was built in 1740 when these islands were still considered part of Spain.
The main catholic church of Chiloe’s capital, this is also the center piece, located in the middle of town next to the Plaza de Armas and is a landmark that is hard to miss. The large yellow building does not follow the same architectural style, nor the use of only wood, as this Neo-Gothic style church has a roof constructed of galvanized iron.
Located right in the town of Dalcahue, next to the Plaza de Armas, is the Our Lady of Sorrows church – a glowing white building that is actually located on a site that used to house a Jesuit missionary chapel.
Considering the full, official name is The Church of San Juan Bautista de San Juan de Coquihuil, you can imagine that people would naturally refer to it simply as the Church of San Juan. It is located in the remote countryside just outside of the town of Dalcahue.