Category: Tour I. Historical/Old Santiago

We invite you to learn more about this traditional tour that offers tourists the most varied and rich culture that our beloved city has to offer. Here, in the historic center of Santiago, is where the largest city in the country was born and today is the contemporary witness of a booming and developing economy. 

Landmark n°1. Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco y Museo de Arte Colonial (Church and Convent of Saint Francis and Colonial Art Museum)

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Landmark n°1. Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco y Museo de Arte Colonial (Church and Convent of Saint Francis and Colonial Art Museum)

Landmark n°1. Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco y Museo de Arte Colonial (Church and Convent of Saint Francis and Colonial Art Museum)
Landmark n°1. Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco y Museo de Arte Colonial (Church and Convent of Saint Francis and Colonial Art Museum)

We begin our Historical tour of Santiago in the Church and Convent of San Francisco, the oldest building in town. After the founding of Santiago, Pedro de Valdivia petitioned the council to request a plot of land to build a chapel in honor of the “Virgen del Socorro” (Our Lady of Perpetual Help), since believers of that time, after an Indian raid, attributed their survival to the possession of this iconography. To this day, it is placed on the highest altar of the church.

Landmark n°2: Universidad de Chile (University of Chile)

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Landmark n°2. Universidad de Chile (University of Chile)

Landmark n°2. Universidad de Chile (University of Chile)
Landmark n°2. Universidad de Chile (University of Chile)

The University of Chile is one of the most characteristic buildings in Downtown Santiago, due to its great contribution to the spiritual and material development of the country.

Although the University of Chile was founded in 1842, the construction of this French neoclassical architecture inspired two-story building, began in 1863 and concluded in 1872. It has a large lobby and a hall of honor surrounded by Doric columns where the mural of Mario Toral Muñoz stands out.

Landmark n°4. Edificio de la Bolsa de Comercio (Stock Exchange Building)

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Landmark n°4. Edificio de la Bolsa de Comercio (Stock Exchange Building)

Landmark n°4. Edificio de la Bolsa de Comercio (Stock Exchange Building)
Landmark n°4. Edificio de la Bolsa de Comercio (Stock Exchange Building)

This magnificent four-story building that occupies the entire triangular-shaped block is located in the very center of Santiago. With a French Renaissance style and fine interior and exterior finishes, it was built between 1913 and 1917 by architect Emile Jecquier, on the land that used to belong to the Augustinian nuns. After the earthquake of 1985, it was restored.

Landmark n°5: Ex Hotel Mundial, Actual Banco BBVA (Former Mundial Hotel, Current BBVA Bank)

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Landmark n°5. Ex Hotel Mundial, Actual Banco BBVA (Former Mundial Hotel, Current BBVA Bank)

Landmark n°5. Ex Hotel Mundial, Actual Banco BBVA (Former Mundial Hotel, Current BBVA Bank)
Landmark n°5. Ex Hotel Mundial, Actual Banco BBVA (Former Mundial Hotel, Current BBVA Bank)

Just like the Stock Exchange building, it is located on the land that used to belong to the Augustinian nuns, inserted in the financial district of Santiago.

The Global Insurance Company bought the land to build its corporate building that was inaugurated in 1923. It stands out for its classical French architecture, a triangular-shaped plant with a dome that crowns the balcony of balustrades on its façade and huge columns.

Landmark n°6 : Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)

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Landmark n°6. Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)

Landmark n°6. Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)
Landmark n°6. Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution Square)

Located in the northern entrance of La Moneda Palace, the current Constitution Square used to be a part of the original layout of the city, occupying this block and its surroundings. Around the square we could find the residences of Manuel Blanco Encalada, first Chilean president of Chile, and the heroes of Independence José Miguel Carrera and Manuel Rodríguez.

Landmark n°7 : Intendencia Metropolitana (Metropolitan City Hall)

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Landmark n°7. Intendencia Metropolitana (Metropolitan City Hall)

Landmark n°7. Intendencia Metropolitana (Metropolitan City Hall)
Landmark n°7. Intendencia Metropolitana (Metropolitan City Hall)

This building, that dazzles the public with its architectural richness, was a colonial style house owned by the Commander of the Royal French Navy, Don Juan Francisco Briand of Morandis, founded in 1902. Two years later, the land was purchased by conservative party leaders Joaquín Echeñique Gandarillas and Alberto González Errázuriz. The plans for the new French neoclassical style building were entrusted to architect Manuel Gómez Cifuentes.

Landmark n°8 : Palacio de la Moneda (Money / Currency Palace)

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Landmark n°8. Palacio de la Moneda (Money / Currency Palace)

Landmark n°8. Palacio de la Moneda (Money / Currency Palace)
Landmark n°8. Palacio de la Moneda (Money / Currency Palace)

Considered the main work of neoclassicism in Chile, it was designed by architect Joaquín Toesca and opened its doors in 1805.

By 1730 the Chilean economy suffered a great depression and so the wealthy Spanish merchant Don Francisco García Huidobro was established as Standing Treasurer and acquired the house on the south west corner of Morandé and Huérfanos streets, known as Old Palace. On September 10, 1749, this place minted its first gold coin with the image of King Fernando VI.

Landmark n°9 : Banco Central de Chile (Central Bank of Chile)

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Landmark n°9. Banco Central de Chile (Central Bank of Chile)

Landmark n°9. Banco Central de Chile (Central Bank of Chile)
Landmark n°9. Banco Central de Chile (Central Bank of Chile)

This huge building occupies an entire block between the streets Ahumada, Huérfanos, Estado and Agustinas. This land used to belong to the Archbishop of Santiago and later to Joaquín Larraín Gandarillas, who sold the land to the Bank in 1909.

Landmark n°10 : Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia (Justice Court Palace)

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Landmark n°10. Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia (Justice Court Palace)

Landmark n°10. Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia (Justice Court Palace)
Landmark n°10. Palacio de los Tribunales de Justicia (Justice Court Palace)

The neoclassical building with strong French influence was built between 1905 and 1930 in two stages. The building was ordered by the government of former President Francisco Errázuriz Zañartu. One of the main features of the building is the incorporation of a plinth that allowed the leveling of the entire width of the building, correcting the slight tilt of the floor of downtown Santiago. Inside we can find a magnificent three-story high hall that crosses the entire length of the building. It is covered by a striking metal frame and glass dome, which also features three large stained glass panels brought from Germany that depict an allegory about “Chilean Justice”.

Landmark n°11. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art)

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Landmark n°11. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art)

Landmark n°11. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art)
Landmark n°11. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art)

The museum is located on one of the most important buildings of the colony. With a pure neoclassical style, it was built by Italian architect Joaquín Toesca.

This is the site where the first mayor of Santiago, Don Juan de Cuevas built his house in 1555. Later, for years, it was occupied by schools and the National Library. In 1805 Toesca takes the house and makes a magnificent building to house the Palace of the Royal Customs.