Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The architecture of the cathedral built in 1856 by Matias Doggenweiler and August Trauttmann was inspired by the simple lines of the Parthenon in Athens.

The church is built of alerce wood and topped with a copper cupola. Rectangular blocks of stained glass form the front wall and from the tympanum a brightly painted Christ and host of angels gaze upon those entering the sanctuary.

Only ribbed Doric columns divide the nave from the side aisles, which are decorated with large paintings of Christ’s life, while lunette windows illuminate the space. To the left of the square-ended apse is the capilla de San Francisco de Sales, a neo-Gothic-styled chapel covered with murals.

The cathedral is one of Puerto Montt’s oldest edifices. It measures 40 meters long, 15 meters wide and 33.5 meters high. The church had other incarnations, as a theatre and in the 1880s as an army barrack. Then in 1896, it was reconsecrated as a church dedicated to the Virgin of Mount Carmel. My Gola