The churches of Chiloé

The Chiloé Archipelago off the coast of Chile was colonised by Spanish Jesuits in the 16th century. As gifted craftsmen, the new arrivals and their descendants constructed more than 150 spectacular wooden churches, 14 of which are now recognised by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Contemporary Chiloéan culture fuses christianity with folk beliefs that are tied to the islanders' strong seafaring traditions. Now the old way of life is under threat as plans are underway to build a fixed link to the mainland. If the bridge goes ahead, it will be the largest in South America, as the BBC's Lucy Daltroff reports.

To find out more about Chiloé's iconic churches, click on the image below.

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