Church of Detif

The Church of DetifSpanish: Iglesia de Detif— is a Catholic church located in the town of Detif, commune of Puqueldón, on Lemuy Island, Chiloé Archipelago, southern Chile.

Church of Detif
UNESCO World Heritage Site
LocationDetif, Puqueldón, Lemuy Island, Chiloé Province, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Part ofChurches of Chiloé
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii)
Inscription2000 (24th Session)
Area4.87 ha (12.0 acres)
Coordinates42°41′06″S 73°33′24″W / 42.6851°S 73.5566°W / -42.6851; -73.5566Coordinates: 42°41′06″S 73°33′24″W / 42.6851°S 73.5566°W / -42.6851; -73.5566
Church of Detif is located in Chiloé
Church of Detif
Location of Church of Detif in Chiloé
Church of Detif is located in Los Lagos
Church of Detif
Church of Detif (Los Lagos)
Church of Detif is located in Chile
Church of Detif
Church of Detif (Chile)

The Church of Detif was declared a National Monument of Chile in 1999[1] and is one of the 16 Churches of Chiloé that were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites on 30 November 2000.[2]

The patron saint of the church is Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast day is celebrated on March 25.[3]

This church belongs to the parish of San Pedro Nolasco, Puqueldón, one of the 24 parishes that form the Diocese of Ancud.[4]


The first chapel in Detif was built in 1734. The current church was built in the town center, close to the beach, at the beginning of the 19th century.[5] Built on a stone base to protect it from soil humidity, the church was made from coigue and alerce wood and lined with alerce tiles. Due to the scarcity of metals on the islands of Lemuy and Chiloé, wooden rivets were used in place of iron nails.[6]

The church was restored in 1996 and again in 2001.[7] For the second restoration, tiles on the superior part of the facade were replaced by panels.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ World Heritage Committee Inscribes 61 New Sites on World Heritage List. November 30, 2000. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  3. ^ Iglesias Tradicionales de Chiloé. Retrieved 6 February 2013..
  4. ^ Diócesis de San Carlos de Ancud. In Spanish. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  5. ^ Jorge Sánchez R.: Chiloé - tradición y cultura, p.43. Santiago de Chile 2006. ISBN 956-309-024-1.
  6. ^ Susanne Asal: Chile mit Osterinsel, p. 200. Ostfildern 2007.
  7. ^ Juan Mancilla Pérez: Pueblos de Chiloé, p. 52. Castro 2008.