Conservation also occurs in memory and human history. In the work of humanity, the adaptability to survive different adversities has driven it to overcome itself, developing techniques and knowledge that allow it to adapt to circumstances. Something that is no stranger to the Vodudahue Valley, the Comau Fjord or the Chiloe Archipelago. Celebrate is carpentry, whose main works are reflected in its main means of work, fishing, through shipbuilding. But, it is also reflected in its internationally renowned architecture for its churches.

It is to perpetuate history and admire the work of those brave men and women who inhabited the archipelago, that the San José Carpintero Church has been built and a naval carpentry museum is planned.


Inspired by preserving the work of the inhabitants of the island Chiloe of the 18th century, who, accompanied by Jesuits and Franciscans, built hundreds of churches, some of which have today been declared a World Heritage Site.

In particular, the San José Carpintero church has the San Antonio de Colo church as a reference model.

The work began on January 4, 2016 and ended on February 28, 2018, when the imagery and religious elements were finished.

She has as a point of arrival, to be a work that becomes part of the place, that assumes its contemporaneity and its own identity. It is reviewed with the local alert tile, based on a “cross fertilization” that involves the crossing of experiences, the transfer of knowledge from Chilote carpenters to those of the Region, the participation of the community that decides on the cutting of tiles , the design of the benches, the choice of religious images and the patron saint. As well as, the incorporation of modern technologies, thermal efficiency, air conditioning, lighting, acoustics, protection against fire and a copper cover to preserve it over time.

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Continuing the tradition of the Churches of Chiloé, which are always accompanied by a priestly house, a dock and a cemetery, a cemetery will be built on the esplanade of Placeta. The project, led by Jahn Henriquez, and designed by the architect Francisco Morandé, includes a beautiful 2,400 m2 park, with trails; gardens with native trees; a water fountain with a concrete and wood cross; lighting and a pergola. The works began on February 15 and are expected to be completed the last week of September.

The doors will open in October, ready to receive all the residents of the Comau fjord and its surroundings who leave for the house of God.

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