Santiago de Chile is a place where culture and magic come together. There is something special for every tourist keen to discover the best of today’s world blended with history and tradition.
The next historical places will seriously make you think about booking those next vacations in Chile. If so, you will definitely fall in love with this country and its larger- than-life capital.
1. Municipal Theatre of Santiago
This is the home by excellence for opera concerts and classic plays. Its towering neoclassical architectural style is a must-see on its own, and it is definitely the place for enjoying a quiet evening of art and culture. Some of its most famous guests through the years are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
2. Forestal Park
Located in downtown Santiago, this park contains the Fine Arts National Museum. Along this 40-acre area, leisure and culture come together in a place that welcomes thousands of strolling tourists every year.
The park was created by Jorge Dubois and it is a great meeting point for photographers and people looking for a place to read and sit for hours in quiet contemplation.
The museum, on the other hand, was built in 1880 and its style will remind you of the Baroque era. This is a very important space for Latin American culture and offers workshops for children and teenagers. Also, right behind the park, you can find the MAC (Museum of Contemporary Art).
3. Metropolitan Cathedral
This neoclassical building is located right in front of the Plaza de Armas, the square marking Santiago's km 0, the zero milestone. Every year the Cathedral hosts the Te Deum, an ecumenical ceremony as part of Chile's Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias) in September.
4. Santiago Metropolitan Park
It showcases Santiago’s beauty from its panoramic view and offers some great attractions. Among those are a botanical garden, a funicular and the Chilean National Zoo, which houses over 150 different species.
This park has two open-air pools: Antilén and Tupahue, which means “Place of God”. This definition pretty much summarizes everything about this delightful place.
5. National History Museum
Located within the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, it tells part of Chile’s history through fascinating pieces and objects. It also offers information on some historical events that took place in the country, and delights art lovers with portraits of José de San Martín and Ferdinand Magellan.
6. Palacio De La Moneda Cultural Center
Often called “The Capital of National Culture”, it features lobbies like the Arts Documentation Center, a place devoted to the research and data collection of modern art, as well as the National Film Archive, a perfect venue to promote domestic cinematographic productions and the heart of every other movie festival along the year.
Santiago de Chile is waiting for you to tour the entire city by yourself or in the best company possible. You will spot things you have never seen that only exist in this blessed region of Latin America.