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Parinacota - High altitude village and national monument

Except for the name of the volcano Parinacota is also the name of a nearby small village. Situated at an elevation of 4.400 meters it is the highest village in Chile.

It used to be a place where shepherds lived and all the houses were built around the church.
In 2002 Parinacota still had exactly 29 inhabitants.
Today there’s a small restaurant that offers simple but tasty meals and mate de coca (a herbal tea of the leaves of the coca plant). There’s also a souvenir shop selling warm clothes made from alpaca wool.

In 1979 the town and its church were declared National Monument.
The church is surrounded by a wall of stone and also has a beautiful bell tower.
The original church has been rebuilt in 1912. Remarkable is the straw on the roof. The interior walls are covered with colourful murals. The most known mural shows the flagellation of Jesus Christ by the Roman soldiers. Important is that the Chilean indigenous artist has portrayed the Romans as Spanish soldiers.
Of course I took a picture of this mural but the quality was so bad that you better look at a picture that Jorge Dias (jmdias) already posted in 2010: http://beta.trekearth.com/gallery/South_America/Chile/Norte_Grande/Tarapaca/Parinacota/photo1219865.htm

Instead I present you another mural, one of the hell.
Those interested in the church please have a look in the workshop for two more pictures.

Information from Wikipedia (Spanish pages).

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