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Photo of the Day: Church at Parinacota Chile

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Northern Chile

The Church at Parinacota in Northern Chile, Tarapacá Region

This photo was taken during our 3-day 4×4 road trip through Northern Chile’s Altiplano.

“The church was built in the 17th century in the form of a central nave with two side chapels. The walls are made of stone and clay and are supported by exterior arches of stones without mortar. The floor is made of bricks with a central band of stones. Originally there was no choir. A choir without railing was built later on whereas one of the most interesting frescoes of the area, the “Last Judgment” was destroyed. The atrium is surrounded by a clay wall on which are situated several figures made of red stone: A bishop, lilies, phalli and others. The square tower was rebuilt in 1789 and painted with white lime.

Noteworthy are the frescoes in the interior which were painted in water colors by Indians in the Andean baroque of the 17th century. The “Last Judgment” suggests that only women were condemned. The archangel St. Michael weighs a nude woman on a scale and there are trails to get to the purgatory, over clouds to heaven as well as stairs to the mouth of a dragon which leads to hell, where there are several torture instruments. The condemned women walk or are dragged by the hair or are ridden by demons. One of them leads the helpers of evil with a broad smile, not knowing what is expecting her.” – Wikipedia

Photo of the Day: Adobe Church in Bolivia

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Our 4-Day Tupiza to Uyuni tour in Bolivia, South America was filled with unique landscapes. We captured snow capped mountains, snow dotted deserts, eroded mountain ranges, glowing lakes and most importantly the largest Salt Flats in the world, Salar de Uyuni.

This album is from day 1 of our tour, which departed from Tupiza (near the Argentina border) in a 4×4 Toyota Landcruiser.

Church Images

A Church in the Bolivia Desert

Photo of the Day: San Francisco Church & Convent, Lima

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Convento de San Francisco is the Spanish name for Saint Francis Monastery located in Lima, Peru. The church was completed in 1774 and is noted for its architecture, a high example of Spanish Neoclassicism. The convent’s library is world-renowned. Catacombs below the monastery contain an ossuary and are said to connect to other catacombs beneath the cathedral and other area churches.

The church and convent are part of the Historic Centre of Lima, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991.

In this church, Jude the Apostle is venerated. – Wikipedia

Churches to see in Lima Peru

Convento de San Francisco

Photo of the Day: La Catedral de León

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La Catedral de León is the biggest cathedral in Central America. It is also the final resting place of Ruben Dario, as well as many other notable Nicaraguans. You can pay a small fee to climb the stairs up to the roof, where you can get a nice view of all of León’s churches and the surrounding volcanoes, and you can go into the cellars beneath the cathedral. – Wikipedia

Churches in Leon

Leon Cathedral in Nicaragua

Photo Of The Day: Impressive Cathedral Entrance In Ecuador

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This is the entrance to the New Cathedral in Cuenca, a small colonial city in southern Ecuador.

Architecture in Ecuador

The Impressive Entrance Of The New Cathedral In Cuenca, Ecuador

Photo of the Day: Cathedral in Cusco Peru

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La Compañía de Jesus was begun in the late 16th century but was almost completely demolished by the earthquake of 1650, then rebuilt and finished 18 years later.  La Compañía was built on the site of the Inca Huayna Cápac.   There are various works of art housed in La Compañía de Jesus but the most interesting one is of the Last Supper with a roasted guinea pig, the traditional meal in Peru.

Famous Cusco Churches

Compañia de Jesus Church

Photo of the Day: Basílica del Voto Nacional

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Basilica del Voto National is a church that dominates Old Quito’s skyline.  Its neo-Gothic architecture gives it an almost eerie facade. Visitors can climb all the way to the top of these towers for a truly amazing view of the city below.  At various moments of our ascend we assumed that we could not continue to climb up but we were wrong a few times.  It is pretty shocking how far up a daring soul can climb up its towers not only inside but outside the giant towers.

Top List of Things To Do in Quito, Ecuador

Cathedrals in Quito Ecuador

Basilica de Quito