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Churches of Chiloé
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 17th and 18th c
Date of Inscription: 2000
Location: South America, Chile, Region de los Lagos, Chiloé Province
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Description: A unique example of an outstanding form of ecclesiastical wooden architecture in Latin America can be found within the Churches of Chiloé. They embody a tradition begun by the 17th and 18th century Jesuit Peripatetic Mission. The Franciscans (19th century) continued and enriched the tradition which still prevails even today. These churches exemplify the wealth of the Chiloé Archipelago: testifying to the successful indigenous and European cultural fusion, the full architectural integration within the landscape and environment, as well as to the spiritual values of the communities. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Churches of Chiloé in Chile are a very interesting phenomenon from the Architectural point of view. They are made entirely in native timber in an island renown for its damp and rigorous weather. Built in the 18th and 19th centuries when Chiloé Island 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 Chiloé have been part of the World Heritage Sites since 2000. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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