Iglesia de Santa María de Loreto (Achao)

( 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.

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. It belongs to a group of 16 iconic wooden churches that were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under «Churches of Chiloé»'s denomination because of their unique form of wooden architecture known as the «Chilota School of Religious Architecture on Wood».

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