Best Attractions & Activities: The Church of St. Francis is among the oldest and most historically significant buildings in Santiago and is a centerpiece of the city and a definite must-see for visitors. The church dates from the earliest Spanish settlements in the late 1500s and is representative of Spanish Colonial architecture. The church's tower dates from the 19th century and is the most striking feature of the historic site. A museum showcases historic works of art and artifacts. The legendary statue Virgen del Socorro carried by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia when he arrived to colonize the region is prominently displayed.