12 Things on the Constitution Square
Within the places that must be visited in Santiago is the Plaza de la Constitución Chile. This, in addition to being located in front of the Palacio de la Moneda, is a substantial part of the architectural panorama of the city and also of the historical record.
This space has undergone a series of changes throughout its existence. In the present, it remains one of the most important squares of the capital due mainly to its proximity to the Palacio de la Moneda.
12 important things about the Plaza de la Constitución Chile
Among the milestones and curiosities associated with this public space, the following stand out:
1. During colonial times, the current Government Palace was the Casa de Moneda at that time, where money was minted.
2. In the year 1845, President Manuel Bulnes ordered that the building become-permanently-the Government House.
3 .At the beginning of the 20th century, the headquarters of the Ministry of War were located in the place.
4. By 1932, the country was going through an economic boom, thanks to which President Arturo Alessandri Palma promoted the creation of the Civic District -plan that contemplated the remodeling of the square-, whose works were in charge of the Austrian architect Karl Brunner.
5. Its façade has suffered multiple structural damages throughout history, such as those caused by the bombing of the Government House (1973) and the earthquakes that occurred in the city during the last decades.
6. In 1982 a process of remodeling the plaza began. The project was in charge of the architects Cristián Undurraga and Ana Devés.
7. The Plaza de la Constitución is part of the historic center of Santiago and also of the civic neighborhood, for which various ministries have been located (and are located) around it.
8. Its architectural style is defined as "Italian neoclassical".
9. It has statues of prominent figures that marked Chilean politics: the former Presidents of the Republic Jorge Alessandri Rodríguez, Eduardo Frei Montalva and Salvador Allende Gossens, as well as Diego Portales.
10. In 2013, 30 years of its existence were completed. During that same year a new restoration of the place began.
11. The change of guard of Carabineros de Chile is carried out - every two days - in front of the Palacio de la Moneda.
12. In this square, periodically, different types of cultural activities are developed, such as fairs, exhibitions and artistic presentations.
The Plaza de la Constitución Chile is one of the places in Santiago Centro richest in terms of historical and political milestones in the country. Throughout its existence it has undergone a series of changes and remodeling, all in order to keep alive this place that represents an important part of the country's identity. Do not miss visiting the Almacruz Hotel and Convention Center at your next stay.