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IGLESIAS DE ARICA PARINACOTA (CHURCHES OF ARICA PARINACOTA)

IGLESIAS DE ARICA PARINACOTA (CHURCHES OF ARICA PARINACOTA)
Municipios de Arica y Putre, Chile
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BACKGROUND

Between 1570 and the middle of the seventeenth century, the port of Arica was the main commercial shipping port for mercury and silver to and from Potosi, Bolivia. The dozens of villages along the route between the interior and the coast thrived due to the development of this economic corridor. Today, some 80 small adobe churches survive in the settlements along this passage. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The 2010 World Monuments Watch included a nomination for 30 churches in Arica and Parinacota that were seen as emblematic of the religious and cultural history of the region based on their historical significance and consistency in style and construction systems. Their placement on the Watch resulted in a project developed with the Fundación Altiplano Monseñor Salas Valdés. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Arica Parinacota churches are representative the fusion of European culture and beliefs with those of pre-Colombian autochthonous populations. The remoteness of these towns contributed to the overall preservation of the structures, although in many cases the same isolation contributed to a loss of technical skills as populations shifted over the generations. (...)

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World Monuments FundFrom Harlem to Esquiña
March, 2012

From Harlem to Esquiña documents some of the work and experiences that the students Lena McKnight, Jianca Reyes Martinez and DuVaughn Wilson shared during their six-week summer internship in Arica this year. The music and lyrics used for the video were composed by DuVaughn in collaboration with the rest of the group. The video was shown at Fundacion Altiplano's 6th annual Rural Film Festival in October 2011.