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Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral

Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral (Plaza de Armas, Santiago Centro, Santiago) – located in the city’s historic center, this is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago, and the center of the Archidiocese of Santiago de Chile. It was built by 1800 in neoclassical style, and has survived a number of earthquakes.

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Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas (Compañía de Jesús, Santiago) – this is the center of the city, going back to the original urban planning the city during the 16th century. Various historic building are in this area, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Central Post Office Building, and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago. […]

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Palacio Cousiño

Palacio Cousiño (Dieciocho 438, La Alameda, Santiago) — Dating from the early 1870s, this fabulous mansion was built by the wealthy Cousiño-Goyenechea family. All that mining money allowed them to build this palace with amenities such as one of the country’s first elevators. The elegant furnishings were—of course—imported from France. This building suffered significant damage […]

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Villa Grimaldi

Villa Grimaldi (Av Jose Arrieta 8401, La Reina, Santiago) –– this enclosed plot of land was used as a torture center under Dictator Augusto Pinochet from 1974 – 1978. The political tortures in Chile haven’t been publicized enough to the outside world and this memorial site (opened in 1997) holds both history and memory. Foreigners […]

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Titanium La Portada

Titanium La Portada (Av El Bosque Norte 500, Las Condes, Santiago) — located in the capital’s high-end financial district of El Golf, it is the second tallest skyscraper in the country. It was completed in 2010. Abraham Senerman and Andrés Weil were the Titanium’s architects, who chose its futuristic look. At a height of 140 […]

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Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art

Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art / MAC (Ismael Valdés Vergara, Santiago) – created in 1947, this is one of Santiago’s main museums (run by the University of Chile Faculty of Arts). The museum has collected around 2,000 works by Chilean artists as well as some international pieces – consisting of artists such as Roberto Matta, […]

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Santa Lucía Hill

Santa Lucía Hill (e/Alameda del Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins in the south, Calle Santa Lucía, and Victoria Subercaseaux, Santiago) — at the eastern end of downtown Santiago you will find Cerro Santa Lucia (Santa Lucía Hill) which is a small hill that is adorned with wonderful facades, fountains and stairways and that even has a ‘castle’ […]

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Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia

Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia (Av. Compañís 1140, Santiago Centro, Santiago) — During Augusto Pinochet’s rule, countless human-rights demonstrations were held outside the Courts of Justice, which house the country’s Supreme Court (along with the Court of Appeals of Santiago, the court-martial court for the Chilean Army, Air Force, and the Carabineros de Chile […]

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Museum of Memory and Human Rights

Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Matucana 501, Santiago) – this museum, opened in 2010 by then-Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, was dedicated to the victims of human rights violations committed by the military regime of Gen. Pinochet between 1973 and 1990. Bachelet herself was one of those victims. The museum houses memorabilia of torture devices […]

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La Moneda Palace

La Moneda Palace (between Calles Teatinos and Morandé, Santiago) – this is the office of the President of Chile. Originally designed in neoclassical style during the late 18th century by Italian architect Joaquín Toesca (which was previously the official mint), the northern portion of the palace was badly damaged by air force missile attacks during […]