A Stamp as a Token of History
Old stamps are some of the most popular magnets people get because they shine a light on a time period and places in history. This makes them a unique and quaint souvenir that one can appreciate.
This souvenir from Chile presents the Church of Santo Domingo, one of Chilean's dearest temples. It was built in the second half of the Eighteenth century following the Neoclassic architectural style prevalent at that time. Quite interestingly, the connoisseur will identify traces of Baroque in the towers. In 1951, the temple was declared a National Historical Monument by Chilean authorities.
Santo Domingo: a Well filled with Treasures
It is understandable. The building itself is a jewel, and it houses exquisite art pieces and the sanctuary of Nuestra Senora del Rosario, where, for centuries, religious people connected intimately with God. However, the biggest section of the temple is taken by the Dominican convent which serves as a school for priests and by the infirmary. The temple also houses two Catholic organizations providing help to poor families and teenagers from the community.
A walk in the temple will reveal a world of mystery and intimacy. The art works contribute to create this reflective environment. Some of the pieces that will keep you reflecting, even praying, is the statue of the Virgin of the Rosario of Pompeya, an exquisite piece carved in white marble. If you are visiting from a country in Latin America, you'll find that the statue of Santa Rosa de Lima projects a compassionate aura unparalleled in other depictions of this saint. Other religious characters include Santa Catalina de Siena, Santo Tomas de Aquino and San Pio V. This magnet makes a great souvenir to give as a gift to a person knowledgeable of the history of the Catholic church.