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Culture of Santiago. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Santiago Among the most remarkable and significant landmarks of the city the Basilica del Salvador is best worth mentioning and visiting by all tourists without exception. The Basilica is located in the center of the Brazil borough of the city which a few years ago was a center of bohemian life of the destination. The construction of the Basilica building was finished in 1892. The building is executed in keeping to the best traditions of Neo Gothic style. The Basilica is closed for public. Tourists will have a chance to estimate its inner decoration and design only on significant religious holidays.
Plenty of seafood dishes, inimitable beef treats, various vegetables and fruits are the main distinctive features of ethnic cuisine in Santiago. According to true gourmands the city of … Open
Another heavily visited spot of tourist interest of the city is the central cemetery (Cementerio General) serving as the final destination of prominent citizens and politicians. The cemetery is of great architectural and historical interest and significance as its territory keeps numerous unique constructions and monuments each of them featuring its own history. The most remarkable nature attraction of the tourist destination is considered to be the Saint Lucia Mountain.
A hundred years ago the mountain was just a rocky hill. At present the top of the mountain is taken with a magnificent garden being decorated with hundreds of species of rare plants and flowers, ingenious statuary groups and beautiful fountains. The garden is a place of location of an ancient chapel which keeps several remarkable religious artifacts. Considering other architectural landmarks and sites of the destination the Palace de la Moneda is best worth mentioning. The palace served for many years as the main residence of the president of the country. Copyright
The main feature of Santiago lifestyle and culture is multinationality of the destination. Tourists will be surely much impressed with a unique fusion of various cultures and traditions. … Open
The name of the palace can literally be translated as a “coin”. Its construction was finished in the 18th century. The building of the palace was initially purposed to be a mint. And only in 1846 the palace changed its profile. The palace served as the main governmental residence till 1973. Today the palace houses various governmental offices and institutions.
Santiagos El Golf Financial District One of the most significant landmark of the country scale is the Cousino Palace which was erected in the 19th century. The building of the palace is executed in a charming French style. The palace was initially owed by a wife of an honorable coal-master and thereafter was transformed into an art museum. Among cultural establishments of the destination the Museum of Visual Art is best worth attention and visiting of tourists. The museum keeps a magnificent collection of pictorial artworks, amazing statues and photos of prominent local artists.  Next: Attractions & nightlife
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Santiago

The Cathedral
Where: Praza do Obradoiro, Santiago;
The Food Market
Where: Plaza de Abastos, Santiago;
Where: Rúa do Vilar 63, Santiago; Telephone: +34 981 555 129;
Museo Das Pergrinacións
Where: Rúa de San Miguel 4, Santiago; Telephone: +34 981 581 558; Metro: 6, 10, 11 and 15;
The Alameda Park
The Tourist Train
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Public palaces near Santiago
♥   Palace 'Palacio de La Moneda' , 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palacio de las Majadas de Pirque' , 21.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Santiago and around
♥   Art museum 'Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)' Santiago de Chile, 3.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Santiago
♥   Basílica del Salvador, Santiago, 3.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Santiago, 3.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Metropolitana de Santiago, Santiago, 3.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica de Lourdes, Santiago, 4.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Castrense de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Santiago, 6.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Maipú, 11.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral de San Bernardo, Santiago, 14.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Santiago and near

San Alfonso del Mar Pool

From the series “The Most Amazing Swimming Pools in the World”
You will find the largest and the most elite pool in the world in Chili, it is in Algarrobo resort city, in the San Alfonso del Mar hotels’ territory. This pool spreads over the coastline in 1000 meters; its land area is 8 hectares. The largest pool in the world has the unique structure because water goes in it right from the ocean - that’s why it is salty. San Alfonso del Mar Pool is the Guinness Book of World Records’ champion. In addition, it has been the place for yachting competitions since its exploring. … Read further

Portillo Ski resort

From the series “Stunning Beauty Places of the Earth, Unknown to Tourists”
On the earth you can find the unique ski resorts, which are unknown to the general public and maintain the calm and harmonious atmosphere. In the high mountain peaks of Chile, you will find the tiny resort of Portillo, next to the beautiful Laguna del Inca. The history of the spa begins more than a century ago. As the town is located at an impressive height of 2860 meters above sea level, it was quite complicated to get to it from the beginning. … Read further

Iconic cultural sights of Chile

The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art located in the capital fascinates all history buffs because this is a huge permanent art exhibition of pre-Columbian America. The museum is considered one of the best in Chile due to the value of exhibits. The art of different peoples of America is grouped by cultural areas. The museum invites you to look at the art from the most ancient tribes to present-day indigenous peoples. Here you can see works of art of the peoples of Mesoamerica - an area covering Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica, as well as the Caribbean, the Amazon peoples, and others. In its library, the museum's audiovisual archive stores about half a thousand ethnographic films, four hundred ethnic music records, about 3000 ethnographic photographs - most of these documents are available for study. … Open
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Santiago

Culture guide to Santiago. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Santiago: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Santiago. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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