Palacio Cousiño in Santiago, Chile.

Palacio Cousiño is in Santiago, Chile.

Palacio Cousiño is in Santiago, Chile.

The Palacio Cousiño was declared National Monument in 1981. Constructed between 1875 and 1878 by the French architect Paul Lathoud for the family Cousiño Goyenechea.

Specially brocattos, silk’s plush to upholster furniture, parquet with drawings formed by ebony wood, oaks, German haya, mahogany and Nicaraguan walnut, Italian tiles decorated by hand and an endless number of furniture and adornments.

Misses Isidora Goyenechea, who widowed before the works were finished, was came  from a wealth family owner of the coal mines of Lota, of the famous Cousiño Macul wine, in addition with interests in the silver mining and a shipping fleet. The palace amazed to the Santiago society of the time by its splendid, as well as for the introduction of technical advances: here the first elevator made in Chile worked. The main materials of the building – like the coatings, parquet, the grates of iron, the family monogram, the enameled stoneware and all the furniture were brought from Europe, next to the craftsmen who installed them. It is the only mansion of that time that conserves all its splendors.

The halls surprise by its luxury with walls covered in velvets and embroidered silks, matching with the curtains and the parquet color, which varies of room in room. The excellent quality of the construction and the ornate has maintained this intact work by more than a century. From 1940 it is property of the Municipality of Santiago and is destined to illustrious visits and official receptions. Important personalities like the king of Belgium, presidents Figueiredo, Gregorio Alvarez, Of Gaulle and Golda Mayer have been provided with accommodations on this  palace.

There are guided visits, with bilingual guides, with an approximated duration of 45 min. The attention schedule is from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:30 hours and 14:30 to 17 hours; festive, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:30 to 13:30 hours. The value of the entrance for adults is of $2,000, and for children of $800.