The safety pins of Santiago downtown
If you are visiting the city, you can not stop spending at least one day walking through the streets of the city center to observe those historical elements that speak of a city of other times and also, of course, those that represent the urban life in our present. Then we leave you 6 key milestones that you can not miss.
1. Plaza de armas:
As it was in its beginnings, in 1541, the Plaza de Armas continues to play a fundamental role as the nucleus of the city where once the main administrative buildings of the city were installed. The square had important changes in its architecture over the years. Only at the end of the 19th century, trees and gardens were introduced, following European architectural concepts. A new renovation of the square would come in the year 2000, which defines the square in its actuality.
The square is surrounded by emblematic buildings of Santiago and Chile, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, which occupies the same site as its first days, when the city was founded, although the building has undergone changes over the centuries. On another side is the Central Post Office, the National Historical Museum and the Illustrious Municipality of Santiago. You can also see a bronze equestrian sculpture representing the conqueror of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia.
A fact: In the square you can count on WiFi connection.
2. Museum of Fine Arts
Opened in 1910, on the banks of the Mapocho River, the museum building was designed by the Chilean-French Émile Jéquier, who was inspired by the Petit Palais of Paris both for the internal tour and for its façade. The style of the building is neoclassical, with ornaments typical of Art Nouveau that prevailed in those years.
In its internal galleries there are various cultural activities such as exhibitions, talks, conferences and seminars that seek to preserve and disseminate the national artistic heritage.
More information at www.mnba.cl
3. Barrio Lastarria
The neighborhood lived its maximum consolidation at the end of the 19th century, with the creation of its neighboring Forest Park, the remodeling of the Santa Lucía hill and the arrival of the National Palace of Fine Arts. Added to this, it was in that same period where relevant intellectuals and authorities of the time installed their homes in those streets.
In the neighborhood you can see buildings designed by renowned architects of the time, which has given it a relevant heritage in the city, which led to its appointment as a Typical Zone in 1997.
In addition to the architecture, in the Barrio Lastarria you can find several restaurants, a market of objects and old books, the Biógrafo cinema -constructed in the 80s as an art and rehearsal room-, and a cultural billboard dominated by the GAM cultural center.
More information at www.barriolastarria.com
4. Forest park
The work of the landscape architect Jorge Enrique Dubois, titled at the Garden School of Versailles, in France, the forest park is located on the south bank of the Mapocho River and had its origins at the beginning of the 20th century.
The recommendation is to walk along its paths surrounded by its emblematic oriental plane trees that have accompanied the city for decades.
5. La Moneda Government Palace
Today the government house, seat of the presidency of the Republic of Chile, the Palacio de la Moneda was originally a building designed especially for the minting of coins in Chile. Designed by the Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, the building is neoclassical in style.
The view to the Government Palace can be accompanied by a step through the squares of the Constitution and the Citizenship, both located in each of the main facades of the building. You can also visit the Cultural Center La Moneda, located under the Plaza de la Ciudanía, which has interesting artistic and photographic exhibitions, as well as various cultural activities.
6. Paseo Ahumada
Inserted between the streets Plaza de Armas and Alameda, Paseo Ahumada is an exclusive pedestrian path through which almost two million people pass daily. It is one of the most important and busy streets of the city and it is usual to find shops, street vendors and street musicians.