Punta Arenas & Santiago, Chile, February 2011
11th & 20th February 2011 – Punta Arenas
Magallanes Province, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region.
Chile’s mainland southernmost city, located on the Brunswick Peninsula.
Friday, 11th February 2011
Tony in front of a monument dedicated to Ferdinand Magellan in the main square, Punta Arenas. Magellan is stood on top, while the monument is adorned at a lower level by statues of Patagonian natives. Ferdinand Magellan (1468-1521), Portuguese explorer who found a passage to the Pacific for the Spanish. The Strait of Magellan is named after him.
Sunday, 20th February 2011
Tony back in Punta Arenas after visiting the Falkland Islands.
21st-23rd February 2011 – Santiago de Chile
Santiago: Chile’s sprawling capital city is divided into ‘comunas’ which are similar to large suburbs, each with their own city council.
Monday, 21st February 2011
Monument to General Manuel Baquedano (1st January 1823 – 30th September 1897 – aged 74). Located in Plaza Italia. The monument is topped by a cast of General Baquedano sat on horse back. Manuel Jesús Baquedano González was a Chilean soldier and Chief of Government, who served as Commander-in-chief of the Army during the War of the Pacific (14th February 1879 – 20th October 1883) between Chile, Peru and Bolivia.
Tony in front of a statue of an angel holding a torch standing alongside a lion, Plaza Italia. This monument is intended to symbolise the friendship between the peoples of Italy and Chile and dates from 1910.
Tony travelling on a funicular cable railway that takes people up San Cristóbal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal). San Cristóbal Hill is located in northern Santiago. The forest clad hill rises 880 metres above sea level and is about 300 metres above the rest of Santiago. The hill is home to Santiago’s largest public park, known as Parque Metropolitano (Metropolitan park).
La Chascona, one of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s three houses. Located at Márquez de la Plata 0192, near the end of Pio Nono and built on Cerro San Cristóbal itself. The home is open to daily guided tours, except Mondays.
Barrio Bellavista (Bellavista Neighborhood) is an area that lies between the Mapocho River and San Cristóbal Hill in Santiago, Chile. It is known as Santiago’s bohemian quarter, with new hip restaurants, boutiques, and avant-garde galleries occupying loft spaces and lordly mansions that punctuate tree-lined streets awash with colourful antique homes. Many of the city’s esteemed intellectuals and artists live in Bellavista, following in the footsteps of its most famous denizen, Pablo Neruda.
The architecturally interesting La Casa Roja Lehuedé at Plaza Camilo Mori, Barrio Bellavista. The house was built in 1923 for Don Pedro Lehuedé by architect Frederick Bieregel. Today it is an art gallery and cultural centre.
Tuesday, 22nd February 2011
A fountain outside Santo Domingo church. Santo Domingo church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo) is located on the north edge of Santiago’s Centro Historico. The church’s origins date back to 1557, although the present building was built in 1747. The façade is austerely decorated with effigies of saints, and is crowned with two matching bell towers incorporated in 1808.
Fountain in Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s main square, in the downtown Centro Histórico district. The plaza was once a military training ground, hence its name. Kilometre zero is located here, the point from which all distances in the country refer to. The plaza contains several notable buildings, plus fountains, sculptures, palm trees and a great spectacle of charlatans and bystanders held in the midst of local chaos.
Tony outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago. Four different churches have been constructed on the site of the cathedral. The present one was built between 1748 and 1775. However, the ornate façade wasn’t completely finished until 1906.
The cathedral, located in the city’s historic centre, faces Santiago’s Plaza de Armas and stands near the Palacio Arzobispal de Santiago, the administrative centre for the archdiocese. The cathedral is also close to the Parroquia El Sagrario, a Catholic temple and a Chilean national monument.
Tony outside the Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moleda). Seat of the President of the Republic of Chile. A neoclassical designed building, construction of which began in 1784. It opened as a colonial mint (‘moleda’ means coin in Spanish) in 1805 while still under construction. The palace became the seat of government and presidential residence in 1843 during Manuel Bulmes presidency. Plaza de la Constitucion was added on the north side of the palace in 1930.
Tony in front of a statue of Arturo Fortunato Alessandri Palma, 18th president of Chile, first between 1920 and 1924, and then again in 1925, and finally from 1932 until 1938. Born 20th December 1868 and died 24th August 1950.
Wednesday, 23rd February 2011