5 must-see icons of Santiago Centro
In addition to being the capital of Chile, Santiago is an important national historical reference. Founded in 1541, the city is home to some of the most visited tourist attractions, which is why-below-we tell you about the main heritage icons in Santiago Centro.
1. La Moneda Palace Cultural Center
Located in the underground of the Plaza de la Ciudadanía - opposite La Moneda - it was built for the bicentennial of 2010 and exhibits a series of local and international events. Here they usually present different exhibitions or film cycles. It has 3 levels, which include showrooms, the National Cineteca, a cafeteria and a restaurant. The best thing of all, is that -if you arrive before 12:00 hours- admission is free .
2. National Historical Museum
If we talk about patrimonial icons in Santiago Centro, the National Historical Museum is a must stop. With 18 themed rooms, this museum shows much of the history of Chile in one place. Its collection includes paintings, photographs, furniture and archaeological objects that allow us to understand the historical processes that the country has experienced. In addition, it is a National Monument since 1969 .
3. Former National Congress
It is a true symbol of the country's politics, since it was the seat of the National Congress until 1973. Today, it is the seat of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate in Santiago, as well as containing the Library of Congress.
Precisely, the Library is the dependency that is open to the public. A National Monument, located on the block that includes the streets of Catedral, Bandera, Compañía and Morandé . Special mention deserves its gardens, a visual spectacle capable of captivating anyone.
4. Cerro Santa Lucía
It is another of the patrimonial icons in Santiago Centro. One of its great attributes is to be a perfect place to contemplate the nature and architectural heritage of Santiago without having to leave the capital. Here is the Castillo Hidalgo and, in front, the Santa Lucía Craft Fair, where you can buy national crafts. Access is free and is a few steps from the Santa Lucia metro station.
5. Yungay neighborhood
Located between bars and restaurants of Barrio Brasil -and in a multicultural environment- Yungay neighborhood constitutes the first residential planning of Santiago (after the areas surrounding Plaza de Armas), which is why it was declared as a Typical Zone in 2009. The place it emerges as an alternative to observe history and cultural heritage, such as the Chilean Roto Monument, which was erected to commemorate those who fought in the Battle of Yungay (1839). It also highlights the famous French Hairdressing salon -which exists since 1868- and the Church of the Capuchins, which shows the architectural value of the neighborhood.
Santiago is an important national historical reference, especially in regard to heritage. The patrimonial icons in Santiago Centro that we have just reviewed are just some of the many that are scattered in the capital's epicenter, which you can easily access by staying in a place that is close to all of them.