History Attractions in Santiago

Santiago has a fairly long history, having first been founded in 1541, by Spaniard Pedro de Valdivia. Since then it has grown, though fires and earthquakes have done away with many of the original historical buildings. If you want to know more about the history of Santiago, much of your investigation will keep you around the comuna (district) of Santiago Centro (downtown), which is where most of it happened. Close-in areas such as Providencia (where Pedro de Valdivia has a street named after him) were rural or suburban as recently as 60 years ago.

Ex-Congreso Nacional and Palacio de los Tribunales

Palacio Cousino

Dieciocho 438

Splendid palace just a few steps from downtown...
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Iglesia, Convento y Museo de San Francisco

Museo Histórico Nacional (Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago)

Plaza de Armas 951

Seat of First National Congress... read more

Barrio Concha y Toro

Calle Concha Y Toro, 2

Concha y Toro is a secret little neighborhood just steps from the Alameda, and one of few cobblestoned areas remaining in Santiago... read more

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Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro

José Victorino Lastarria 305 y 307

Cultural Center... read more

Calle Nueva York & the Bolsa de Comercio

Nueva York
Calle Nueva York

Historic Street of Santiago... read more

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Cerro Santa Lucia

Santiago, Chile

Cerro Santa Lucía is the smaller of the two iconic hills in Santiago... read more

Museo Benjamin Vicuña

"avda" "vicuna Mackenna", 94

Small, informative museum about the life of Benjamin Vicuña, with early models of the city, and period furniture... read more

Catedral Metropolitana and Museo de Arte Sagrado

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