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" A heavenly experience in the city's most righteous location"

With a beautiful exterior and interior, the St. Mark's Cathedral is a public favorite and deserves all the praise. The location of the church is so wholesome with small stalls nearby and a park as well, you can't help but feel a sense of joy wash over you. The interior of the church is well-maintained and exquisite and we enjoyed exploring it. Highly recommend this spot during the spring time as many fairs take place around the season and it is a wonderful experience.

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St. Mark's Cathedral, Arica

The St. Mark's Cathedral also called Arica Cathedral It is a Catholic church that is located in the city of Arica in the far north of Chile. The building was commissioned by the government of Peruvian President José Balta to the workshops of the French Gustave Eiffel and originally intended for Ancon resort.

The old Mother Church of Arica, who was standing 226 years since the colony was destroyed by an earthquake in 1868. Because of this, a committee of ladies of Arica asked Balta that construction be designed to Arica. The request was accepted and the building was inaugurated in 1876 on the ruins of the Mother Church.

In 1880, the city of Arica became militarily occupied by the Chilean Army; however, until the early twentieth century, the parish of Arica remained part of the diocese of Arequipa, according to his prepared the Holy See. On February 27, 1910, the mayor of Arica, Maximo Lira, decreed the expulsion of Juan Vitaliano Berroa, parish priest of Arica and Juan Gualberto Guevara, the assistant, being Peruvian, replacing for Chilean military chaplains. The jurisdiction of Arica went to the Vicariate General Castrense of Chile and soon after was annexed to the Vicariate Apostolic of Tarapaca .


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