|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Location||Quinchao Island, Quinchao, Chiloé Province, Los Lagos Region, Chile|
|Part of||Churches of Chiloé|
|Criteria||Cultural: (ii), (iii)|
|Inscription||2000 (24th Session)|
|Area||1.286 ha (3.18 acres)|
The patron saint of the church is Our Lady of Grace, whose feast day is celebrated on December 8. On this day hundreds of people flock to the village of Quinchao to participate in the Our Lady of Grace Festival, one of the most important religious festivals on the archipelago of Chiloé. This is the main religious festival on the archipelago after that of Jesus of Nazareth in Caguach.
Construction of the church as it originally stood concluded in 1880, using wood from cypress, canelo and avellano trees. The church has subsequently undergone numerous restorations, particularly in the years 1906, 1960, 1993 and most recently in 2010. This church and the Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao are the only churches that remain of those built by the Jesuits.
It is the largest churches in Chiloé, measuring 52.8 meters long and 18.4 meters wide. The tower reaches 18.3 meters high.
The church site was established in 1605 and referred to before 1767. In 1906 the exterior corridors of the Church were eliminated. In the 1960s an area in the rear was eliminated. Restoration of the Church was carried out in 1993.
The Church had deteriorated to such an extent that it was closed in 2006. No one could enter for fear it would totally collapse. It was the first among the churches of Chiloé to be completely restored. The restoration included putting in a concrete foundation. Beams of coigüe wood and a new structural framework for the wooden floor were installed. More than 80% of the structurally significant wood had to be changed, but 95% of the extant wood was reused. 90,000 larch shingles were installed.
In its previous incarnations, the Church was made principally from coigüe, ulm, and cypress woods. Restored, there is much more larch and mañío wood. The restoration took place between 1995 and 1997. In 2006 there was a significant investment for more restoration, so the tower was taken down for meticulous reconstruction.
In 2012 the community of the Church and the Fundación Amigos de las iglesias de Chiloé (Friends of the Churches of Chiloé) were awarded a conservation prize for their work restoring the church from the National Monuments Council for the two stages of restoration that took place in 2007–2008 and 2009–2010. Patricia Mondaca was the chief architect of the project.
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