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Let’s move further. The upcoming famous architecture monuments of Santiago that deserve to be mentioned are La Moneda Palace, Central market, San Cristobal Hill, Municipal theater, and National Museum of Fine Arts. An overview of interesting facts and a collection of photographs are available for each monument. In order to plan a route for your real-life sightseeing tour in Santiago, use our interactive map of sights in of Santiago that is available below this article.

La Moneda Palace, Santiago

» La Moneda Palace is the official residence of the President of Chile.
»  La Moneda is literally translated as “coin” from Spain. The name is associated with the initial function of the building. There had been a mint before. The construction started to serve as a presidential residence only in 1846.
»  The palace opened its doors to tourists in 2003. Today, you can admire the luxury interior of the palace and incredibly beautiful courtyards.
»  Not so long ago, a square was set up. There is a culture center and a monument to President Arturo Alessandri.
»  If you visit La Moneda in the morning on odd days, you will see the changing of the Guards. This process is really impressive.

Central market, Santiago

» The colorful Central Market is a popular tourist attraction in Santiago.
»  The economy of the country depends on the export volume of fruit, vegetables, and seafood. In the market, you can find everything Chile exports.
»  In the noisy and crowded market, you can buy everything you need but the choice of seafood is especially impressive.
»  There is also a cafe where you can taste fresh bounties of the sea and popular dishes of the Chilean cuisine, for example, eel soup and ceviche.
»  The steel frame of the market was made in England and was mounted here in 1868.

San Cristobal Hill, Santiago

» San Cristobal Hill is the highest point in Santiago.
»  On the hill, there is a 36-meter statue of the Virgin Mary who is considered as a local patroness. There is the Metropolitano Park around it. 
»  On the hill, there are also an observation platform, a botanical garden, a wine museum, and a zoo. At the foot of the hill, there is a museum dedicated to Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean writer and Nobel Prize Laureate.
»  Every year, concerts are held in the open air on the platforms.
»  San Cristobal Hill is citizens’ favorite place for walks and one of the main attractions in the city.

Municipal theater, Santiago

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Facts: » The Teatro Municipal, National Opera of Chile is located in Santiago. It is a popular city attraction due to the neoclassical building it occupies. The festive opening ceremony was held in 1957.
»  In December 1870, the city was almost destroyed by a large fire. Thanks to the local authorities and Chilean people, the theater was restored in 1873.
»  Later in 1906, the Municipal Theater was damaged by a serious earthquake. Most of its interior elements were lost. In 1927, there was a fire again. In both cases, the building was reconstructed fast.
»  Nowadays, the theater is one of the national architectural and historical monuments in Chile. It is the best theater in the country and one of the best on the continent.
»  The Municipal Theater attracts tourists with its design and performances.

National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago

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Facts: » The National Museum of Fine Arts is located in Santiago and was founded on September 18, 1880. It is the oldest museum in South America.
»  Since 1910, the museum has been occupying a palace that was built in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the independence of Chile. In April 1976, the building of the museum was recognized as a historic monument.
»  The museum collection contains over three thousand exhibits, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, and etchings. Here, you can mostly see masterpieces of Chilean artists.
»  At the same time, the museum houses a lot of works of famous foreign masters, Spanish and French artists and sculptors.
»  The Italian sector presents 60 paintings, most of which were painted from the middle of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century.
»  The museum also houses the small collection of 46 kakemonos, scrolls painted with ink or watercolor. Some scrolls were gifted by the Chinese Embassy in 1968. You can also see here 15 statuettes from Black Africa and 27 Japanese etchings.
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