Traditional churches on the wild & remote Isle of Chiloe, Chile.

The Isle of Chiloe sits off the coast of northern Patagonia, it’s only a short ferry ride across from the mainland but feels a world away.
A long standing plan to build a bridge has been constantly delayed and it’s clear that if a bridge is built the isolated character of the island would change, so visit now!
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The island is home to stunning wildlife with penguins, whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea otters along wild pacific beaches. Inland lie untouched, stunted twisted coastal rainforest in Chiloe National Park (Parque Nacional de ChiloƩ) that is only now facing modern world threats from degradation and pollution.

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Wild beaches

However it’s the UNESCO listed wooden churches that I wanted to illustrate. Each village has an unique church that displays the fascinating contrast of European Jesuit culture and native traditional Chilote wooden architecture.

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House in Castro


This is the cathedral in the capital called Castro. The interior was stunning natural wooden panelling.
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Castro

THe petit Church de San Juan was surrounded by grazing sheep:

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San Juan

An unique three tier tower in another village;

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Chiloe

Frutillar church was another:

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Chiloe Church

The bright colours contrast with the normally grey and rainy skies that roll in from the pacific ocean.

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Chiloe Church

Another plain wood design

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Chiloe Church

Another wider design.

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Chiloe Church

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Chiloe Church

Pier to the Pacific:

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