With its white adobe façade, single, squat tower made of red brick and an entryway fronted by a set of crumbling stone steps, the simple yet elegant San Antonio Church stands in stark contrast to the fanciful Metropolitan Cathedral just a few blocks east. Perched on a small hill in Cali’s historic old town, the church boasts an atmospheric location, surrounded by tree-lined gardens and looking out over the lively bohemian district of San Antonio.
This is Cali’s oldest church, having opened its doors back in 1747 and today housing a museum of art and artifacts, most notably a collection of tallas quiteñas, 17th-century wooden statues of the saints, carved by artists of the Quito School.
The San Antonio Church and Museum is located in the San Antonio neighborhood of Cali, about a 10-minute walk from Plaza Caicedo. Admission is free, and the church is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.