Bell tower of Toconao. Toconao - CHILE
Direccion: Toconao, Region de Antofagasta
Among the attractions of the Town of Toconao, stands out above all the Church of San Lucas, built in 1744, today known as the Bell Tower or the Tower of Toconao.
It is built under the same constructive logics of the altiplanic churches, the base is from stone blocks "liparita" edged. Such material of volcanic origin is extracted from a quarry located in the vicinity of the town, stuck and stuccoed from mud and lime.
Within the festivities associated with the temple, the one dedicated to Saint Luke, patron saint of the town, takes place in October. In addition, in February, as in other nearby towns, the carnival is celebrated in gratitude for the fruit harvest and the beginning of Lent. Another traditional celebration is around the Virgen del Carmen, every year on July 16.
In 1951 the bell tower was declared a National Monument, along with the churches of Peine, San Pedro de Atacama, Chiu Chiu and Caspana.