Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao

The Church of Santa María de Loreto de Achao (Spanish: Iglesia de Santa María de Loreto de Achao) is a Roman Catholic church located in Quinchao Island's largest town, Achao. Often referred to as «Church of Achao» —Spanish: Iglesia de Achao—, is within the Diocese of Ancud, and was built around 1740 when Chiloé Archipelago was still a part of the Spanish Crown possessions.[1]

Church of Achao
UNESCO World Heritage Site
08. Achao, Isla de Quinchao (34).JPG
Achao's Church facade
LocationAchao, Quinchao, Chiloé Province, Los Lagos Region, Chile
Part ofChurches of Chiloé
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii)
Reference971-001
Inscription2000 (24th Session)
Area0.165 ha (0.41 acres)
Coordinates42°28′18″S 73°29′28″W / 42.47178°S 73.491032°W / -42.47178; -73.491032 (Achao's Church)
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao is located in Chiloé
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao
Location of Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao in Chiloé
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao is located in Los Lagos
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao (Los Lagos)
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao is located in Chile
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao
Church of Santa María de Loreto, Achao (Chile)

The Achao church is one of the oldest traditional Chiloé churches built in the 18th and 19th centuries, and survives almost intact from de Jesuit mission era.[2] It belongs to a group of 16 iconic wooden churches that were declared as a World Heritage site under «Churches of Chiloé»'s denomination[3] because of their unique form of wooden architecture known as the «Chilota School of Religious Architecture on Wood».[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales (2003). Postulación de las iglesias de Chiloé para su inclusión en la lista del patrimonio mundial ante la UNESCO (PDF) (in Spanish). Santiago of Chile: Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales. ISBN 956-7953-00-7.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Bailey, Gauvin Alexander (2006). "Cultural Convergence in the Chiloé Archipiélago". In O'Malley, John W.; Bailey, Gauvin Alexander; Harris, Steven J.; Kennedy, Frank (eds.). The Jesuits II: cultures, sciences, and the arts, 1540–1773, Volume 2. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 905. ISBN 978-0-8020-3861-6.
  3. ^ UNESCO (2001-01-16). "Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage" (PDF). World Heritage Committee, Twenty-fourth session, Cairns, Australia. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  4. ^ Gutiérrez Viñuales, Rodrigo (2005). Arte latinoamericano del siglo XX: otras historias de la historia (in Spanish). Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza. p. 378. ISBN 978-84-7733-792-8.