Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #3 in Santiago, Chile


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 9.6 km
Ascend 113 m
Descend 95 m

Explore Santiago in Chile with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Santiago

Sight 1: José Martí

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José Martí

José Julián Martí Pérez was a Cuban nationalist, poet, philosopher, essayist, journalist, translator, professor, and publisher, who is considered a Cuban national hero because of his role in the liberation of his country from Spain. He was also an important figure in Latin American literature. He was very politically active and is considered an important philosopher and political theorist. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol of Cuba's bid for independence from the Spanish Empire in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence". From adolescence on, he dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual independence for all Spanish Americans; his death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain by both the Cuban revolutionaries and those Cubans previously reluctant to start a revolt.

Wikipedia: José Martí (EN), Website

1058 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 2: Iglesia de la Gratitud Nacional

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The National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, initially named the Church of National Gratitude to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a neo-Gothic temple in Santiago de Chile that is located in the same place where, during colonial times, the hermitage of San Miguel stood.

Wikipedia: Iglesia de la Gratitud Nacional (ES)

405 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 3: León Suizo

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The Swiss Lion is a commemorative monument donated by the Swiss community living in Chile on the occasion of the country's centennial celebrations at the beginning of the 20th century. It is located on Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, better known as "La Alameda", between José Miguel Carrera and Almirante Latorre streets, in the district of Santiago Centro.

Wikipedia: León Suizo (ES)

255 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 4: Casona Cienfuegos 41

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The Casona Cienfuegos 41 was built in 1926, designed by Ismael Edwards Matte and Federico Bieregel, being Ismael Edwards Matte the first owner of this Casona. It comprises 1700 m² built on a plot of 935 square meters, designed in the neo-Gothic and medieval style.

Wikipedia: Casona Cienfuegos 41 (ES)

883 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 5: Diego Portales

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Diego Portales

Diego José Pedro Víctor Portales y Palazuelos was a Chilean statesman and entrepreneur. As a minister of president José Joaquín Prieto's government, he played a pivotal role in shaping the state and politics in the 19th century, delivering with the Constitution of 1833 the framework of the Chilean state for almost a century. Portales' influential political policies included unitarianism, presidentialism and conservatism which led to the consolidation of Chile as a constitutional, authoritarian republic with the franchise restricted to upper class men.

Wikipedia: Diego Portales (EN)

77 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 6: Iglesia San Lazaro

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The church of San Lázaro is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to San Lázaro located on Calle Ejército Libertador on the corner of Gorbea, in the center of the city of Santiago, Chile. Inaugurated on August 15, 1930, it is under the administration of the Order of the Mother of God. It was declared a National Monument of Chile, in the category of Historical Monument, by Supreme Decree No. 21, of January 16, 1992.

Wikipedia: Iglesia de San Lázaro (Santiago de Chile) (ES)

973 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 7: Iglesia San Ignacio

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The iglesia San Ignacio, also known as iglesia del Colegio de San Ignacio, is a Roman Catholic church founded by the Society of Jesus in Santiago, Chile. It is next to the Colegio San Ignacio, and was declared as a National Historic Monument in 2002.

Wikipedia: Iglesia de San Ignacio (Santiago de Chile) (EN)

506 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 8: Altar de la Patria

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The Altar of the Homeland is a Chilean monument located under the Plaza de la Ciudadanía in Santiago, Chile, between Nataniel Cox and Zenteno streets. The work consists of a crypt located under where the "Eternal Flame of Freedom" was originally located, until its transfer to the Military School in 2004. It contains the remains of Chile's supreme director, Bernardo O'Higgins, and a timeline that tells the story of that country.

Wikipedia: Altar de la Patria (Chile) (ES)

140 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 9: Bandera Bicentenario

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The Bicentennial Flag is a monumental Chilean flag located in the central tray of the Alameda del Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, in the Plaza de la Ciudadanía, located in the city of Santiago, capital of Chile.

Wikipedia: Bandera Bicentenario (ES)

279 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 10: Casa Central Universidad de Chile

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Casa Central Universidad de Chile Sisib Universidad de Chile / CC BY 2.0

The Casa Central de la Universidad de Chile, also known as Palacio de la Universidad de Chile, is the main building for the Universidad de Chile, and is located at 1058 Alameda Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, in Santiago, Chile. The building dates from 1872, and currently houses the rectorate, rooms used for ceremonial events and the Andrés Bello Archives, so-named to honor the lawyer who founded the university. It was declared a National Monument of Chile in 1974.

Wikipedia: Casa Central de la Universidad de Chile (EN)

182 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: Memoria Visual de una Nación

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Visual Memory of a Nation is a mural made by the Chilean painter Mario Toral, of 1200 square meters, thematically divided into two parts: Past and Present, which correspond to the eastern and western sectors of the Universidad de Chile station at the level of the platforms, separated by the mizzenine. The great pictorial piece recreates as a "true visual narrative" the general history of Chile, rescuing its most significant milestones from the point of view of the artist, who develops a work heir to the Latin American mural tradition, founded in Mexico at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Wikipedia: Memoria visual de una nación (ES)

286 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 12: Museo de Arte Colonial de San Francisco

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Museo de Arte Colonial de San Francisco

Museo Colonial is a historical, cultural and religious museum located in Santiago, Chile. The museum explores the colonial period of Chile and South America, with a collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and other objects. Many of the pieces are religious, and were created in Peru, the former colonial capital. The museum also features a genealogical tree of the Franciscan Order which is "gigantic" in size and includes 644 miniature portraits.

Wikipedia: Museo Colonial (EN), Website

52 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Iglesia de San Francisco

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The San Francisco Church is a Franciscan church on Avenida Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, in the downtown of Santiago de Chile. The church, along with the adjacent convent, is one of the oldest colonial-era buildings in the country. It has been resistant to about 15 earthquakes of magnitude over 7.

Wikipedia: Iglesia de San Francisco, Santiago de Chile (EN)

147 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Londres 38

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Londres 38 is a building that was used by the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) as a detention and torture center for opponents of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. The facility is located in downtown Santiago, Chile, and was known in DINA's jargon by the code name Yucatán.

Wikipedia: Londres 38 (EN)

494 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 15: Casa de los Diez

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The house of Los Diez is a large house located in the center of Santiago de Chile, built at the end of the colonial era and chosen in 1923 as the headquarters of the so-called Group of Ten. Located on the corner of Santa Rosa and Tarapacá, it was declared a national monument in September 1997.

Wikipedia: Casa de Los Diez (ES)

1151 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 16: Recabarren

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Luis Emilio Recabarren Serrano was a Chilean political figure. He was elected several times as deputy, and was the driving force behind the worker's movement in Chile.

Wikipedia: Luis Emilio Recabarren (EN)

161 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 17: Basilica de los Sacramentinos

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The Basílica de los Sacramentinos is a church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile. It administered by the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and its design was inspired by the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur in Paris. The main cupola of the church has a structural height of 69 m (226 ft).

Wikipedia: Basílica de los Sacramentinos (EN)

726 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 18: Basílica del Corazón de María

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The Basilica of the Heart of Mary is a Catholic Church in the city of Santiago, Chile. Built by the Claretians, it was inaugurated on 7 December 1879, being designated as a basilica in 1929 and as a National Monument of Chile on 14 January 1987.

Wikipedia: Basílica del Corazón de María (Santiago de Chile) (EN), Website

271 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 19: Teatro Caupolicán

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Teatro Caupolicán is a theatre and music venue located on the San Diego street in Santiago, Chile. It was opened in 1936. During its long history has hosted sporting, political, and cultural events. Currently is an important concert venue for popular Chilean and international artists, with a seating capacity of 4,500 and a total capacity of 5,400.

Wikipedia: Teatro Caupolicán (EN), Link

1504 meters / 18 minutes

Sight 20: Ex Asilo de las Hermanitas de los Pobres de Santiago

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The Asylum of the Little Sisters of the Poor of Santiago is a building located on Carmen Street on the corner of Ventura Lavalle, in the center of the city of Santiago, Chile. Built in 1898, it functioned as a convent and asylum until the 2010 earthquake, which left the building with serious damage and had to be evacuated. It was declared a National Monument of Chile, in the category of Historical Monument, by Decree No. 151, of March 19, 2012. Then, in 2017, it was acquired by the Mayor of Santiago, Felipe Alessandri Vergara, for the Municipality to be transformed into a Town Hall Building and Community Center for the residents of the Matta Sur sector. It is expected to open its doors in 2023.

Wikipedia: Asilo de las Hermanitas de los Pobres de Santiago (ES)


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