The Big Island of Chiloé is the largest of the islands that form the Chiloé archipelago, located in the Los Lagos Region, in south-central Chile and is the largest island in Chile. This island has a length of 180 kilometers, from north to south, and an average width of 50 km. Its surface is almost 9000 km²
The area is characterized by its great maritime activity, by the strong religiosity – manifested in its churches and festivities -, by its crafts in fibers, wool and wood, by its pottery, by the constructions in stilts and, mainly, by the cultural and mythological traditions of its inhabitants.
Chiloe is famous for its myths and legends that started because of its native population. Even though the island was Christianized by Spanish conquerors, its inhabitants are also very superstitious.
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CHURCHES OF CHILOE
These churches are an example of religious wooden architecture in the world.
The famous Churches of Chiloé are not only one of the main attractions of the region, but also have an important historical and cultural value. Built throughout the archipelago, these churches have an undeniable beauty and a mysterious charm, fruit of the syncretism between the spirit of the island and the religious ideas of the time.
Currently there are about 60 churches; 16 of them were declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in the year 2000, thanks to the fact that these churches are the bearers of a successful fusion of European and indigenous cultural traditions and that many of them have been preserved almost intact, so that their materials and construction systems remain without major modifications.