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Guide to Chile's Architecture


Santiago has a wealth of fine architecture dating back to the days when Portugal ruled. The ornate detail, statuary and grand entranceways are very European. There are several museums here; the museum of archaeology, the museum of the San Francisco monastery, the fine arts museum, the national history museum and many more. If you look carefully at the buildings, you will see earthquake damage from past tremors.

There are many parks to visit when in Chile including a sculpture park and a metropolitan zoo. The Central Station is worth visiting as it was built by Gustave Eiffel, who also built the famous Eiffel Tower. The building is made totally of metal and is a national monument. A similar metal church also exists in Arica in northern Chile, again built by Eiffel completely from steel. The local customs house in Arica was similarly constructed by Eiffel and was then shipped out to Chile.

The Downtown Square or ‘Plaza de Armas’ is quite impressive along with the massive government Palace or ‘Palacio de la Moneda’. The metropolitan cathedral is also most impressive and well worth visiting. The beautiful home of Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize Winner for Literature, can also be visited. It is highly individual and a very popular visitor attraction in Chile.

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Chile Articles

Guide to Chile's Architecture


Santiago has a wealth of fine architecture dating back to the days when Portugal ruled. The ornate detail, statuary and grand entranceways are very European.

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