Santiago Centro

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Shiny new skyscrapers may be sprouting up in neighborhoods to the east, but Santiago Centro has its share of construction going on, too. During the past decade, the population downtown has nearly doubled, but that’s for the whole comuna, not just the casco histórico, which is close to the Alameda and runs from La Moneda up to about Santa Lucía. Take the metro down here, not a taxi, for easy transportation, as the usual traffic headaches apply to downtown Santiago.


Metropolitan Cathedral

Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia declared in 1541 that a house of worship would be constructed at this site bordering the…

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Correo Central

Housed in what was once the ornate Palacio de los Gobernadores, this building dating from 1715 is one of the…

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Ex Congreso Nacional

Once the meeting place for the National Congress (the legislature moved to Valparaíso in 1990), this palatial neoclassical building became…

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