Santiago City in Chile was founded by the Spaniards in the year 1541 and it was used as the capital of Chile. This beautiful city has more than six million inhabitants, but it can still be seen in the legacy of 19th-century colonial and neoclassical buildings. This picturesque city has many hills that add to its beauty. Also, there are many tourist attractions in Santiago and we are here to review some of them for you.
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1. Gran Torre Santiago
Gran Torre Santiago skyscraper is located in Santiago and it is high enough to be seen from anywhere in the city. This 64-story building is the largest skyscraper in Latin America. This building reaches 300 meters high and has six underground. Officially known as the Costanera Center Torre 2, it is part of a large central complex comprising a shopping mall in South America. About a quarter of a million people visit it daily.
2. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
This Museum includes items dating back to 10000 years ago. Not only does it have pre-Columbian artwork, but also hols artworks from Chile, other parts of South America as well as Central America. The building began with a private collection and eventually was able to gather more than 5000 works of art and crafts. These items are made from a variety of materials such as metal, textiles, ceramics, bone and leather. Located in central Santiago, the museum reflects the achievements of the Chilean people before Europeans arrived.
3. Santa Lucía Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia is a hill in central Santiago that represents the remnants of a 15 million-year-old volcano. This hill was originally known as Huelen, but in the year 1543 it was renamed in the honor of Santa Lucia. Over the centuries, this hill has been home to various castles and oppositions residing in the area. The hill was rebuilt in the 19th century. Today, there is a park, a statue, a fountain and a castle on top of this hill.
4. Mercado Central
Although Mercado Central sells other foods as well, the seafood in this area is very tasty and famous. In this area you can find seafood made from fresh and healthy food. Other restaurants are available if you are interested in eating seafood instead of buying them for home. Mercado Central is considered a historic landmark of Santiago and was opened in 1872. Mercado Central can be found near the Plaza de Armas.
5. La Chascona
Pablo Neruda was a Chilean poet and a Nobel Prize winner that had three houses. La Chascona is being one of them. Neruda had a quirky personality that was well reflected in this house. Even the name is derived from his curly red hair. The building is shaped like a ship, and many tourists come to the area to visit its kitchen. The kitchen of this building looks like a ship’s cabin. There is also a legendary garden behind the building.
6. Barrio Bellavista Neighborhood
This neighborhood is located nearby Santiago where artists and intellectuals used to live. This neighborhood is best known because of Pablo Neruda, which we mentioned earlier about his house. There are many boutiques and galleries in the area. Old colored houses are visible on its streets. In the weekend, there is a handicraft market that is open to the public.
7. Santiago Cathedral
While most of Santiago’s major cathedrals have been destroyed by earthquakes, Santiago Cathedral has been standing still in the area for more than 260 years. Its construction began for the first time in 1748. This Neoclassical Stone Cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of religious architecture in South America. One of its towers contains the remains of the first Cardinal of Chile. The interior and wooden doors of this church were carved for the first time in year 1765. Inside, you can find a decorated altar and a sacred art museum.
8. Cerro San Cristobal Hill
Cerro San Cristobal hill is located in the north of Santiago offering a beautiful view of the city. The Spanish conquerors named it St. Christopher. At the top of the hill you can find the statue of Virgin Mary as well as an observatory. Pope John Paul II lived in a small altar in this sanctuary. Also, there’s a theatrical amphitheater here. Cerro San Cristobal containss the largest park in Santiago, Chile’s National Zoo, Japanese Garden and two large pools.