Santiago Downtown

Santiago downtown is the heart of the country and shelters the most important commercial and political centers of Chile. Is an attractive part of the city for the tourists and local, this due to its architecture heritage still preserved in this part of town.

The architecture of Santiago’s downtown has been influenced by Neoclassic, colonial, French, Art Nouveau , brought by the aristocratic families who wished to represent the old world in Chile. There are well preserved neighborhoods and buildings which hold the history on its walls and tell the history of a city that has become one of the most developed on Latin America. The Santiago downtown hotels provide you the perfect location to visit the most important cultural spots in Santiago.

Tours in Santiago: The must-see list in Santiago Downtown

We have divided the sites by proximity for practical reasons:

Santiago Cathedral in Santiago downtown, Chile

Santiago Cathedral in Santiago downtown, Chile

Plaza de Armas:

On this site you found the Post office and the Cathedral of Santiago. Several painters and sketch artists can be found in the plaza which are one of the highlights of the plaza. See more about Plaza de Armas.

Edificio de Correos: Classical French influenced building is the main office for the Post mail of Chile, has on its first floor a museum and a shop for stamp collectors. See more about Edificio de Correos.

Cathedral of Santiago: One of the most outstanding religious buildings from Chile, holds an important collection of religious art within its walls. Until today is the religious center for all major official events related with the Romanic Christian church in Chile. See more about Cathedral of Santiago.

Church of Santo Domingo

A church built under neoclassic style and inaugurated on 1771. Look for the two towers of baroque style, there are unmissable. See more about Church of Santo Domingo.

Pre-Columbian Historic museum of Chile

Exhibits more than 3000 pieces of pre-colombus ceramic, weaving and leather artifacts, the collection is from the Larrain Echenique Foundation. See more about Pre-Columbian Historic museum of Chile.

Casa Colorada

The best conserved building from the colonial times, was the house of Don Mateo Toro y Zambrano. its characteristic red color of its walls is one of the many elements that makes this construction unique, shelters today the Santiago Museum which exhibits a collection of objects and art from the prespaniard period to the Republic times. See more about Casa Colorada .

Museo Historico nacional: Exhibits within its 16 rooms, a large collection of objects, relish and art from the Spaniards arrival until the 1973 militar strike. The museum is located in the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, and old spaniard building which acted as a supreme court. See more about Museo Historico nacional.

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Cerro Santa Lucía in Santiago Downtown.

Cerro Santa Lucía in Santiago Downtown.

Cerro Santa Lucia:

A hill chosen by spaniards as its defensive watchpoint, later transformed to be a classic reunion point for those who live in downtown Santiago. See more about Cerro Santa Lucia.

Mulato Gil de Castro Square

Square located in Barrio Lastarria, downtown Santiago, on its streets you will find several art galleries and pleasant restaurants. This was the artist neighborhoods in the 1940’s and still has the same style reflected on the original and well preserved buildings. See more about Mulato Gil de Castro square.

Teatro Municipal of  Santiago.

Inaugurated in September 17th of 1857, its construction was made under the direction of architects Brunet de Baines, Hénault and Aldunate. The season is programmed from April to November. See more about Teatro Municipal of Santiago.

Biblioteca Nacional:

The Biblioteca nacional is the national library, holds the most important archive of historical files of the country.See more about Biblioteca Nacional.

Temple Basilica of the Merced

An incredible temple which holds a collection of religious art. See more about Temple Basilica of the Merced .

Bellas Artes National Museum.

The Palace lodges in its interior to the Bellas Artes National Museum. It was inaugurated in September 18th of 1910, like a way to celebrate the Centenary of National Independence. See more about Bellas Artes National Museum.

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Stock Market of Santiago.

Stock Market of Santiago.

Church of San Francisco:

The Church of San Francisco is one of the oldest and best preserved of the XVI century c architecture, has survived earthquakes and fires and stands right in the middle of the Alameda Av. See more about Church of San Francisco.

Paris-London district

The Paris-London District was built between 1922-1925 in the old gardens and orchards of the Convent of San Francisco. The architects Alamos, Larrain, Bravo and Mónckeberg, among others, created this singular district of small continuous mansions that border narrow and winding streets, with facade in different styles to distinguish a house of another one. See more about Paris-London district .

Paseo Ahumada:

A classic boulevard in downtown Santiago, It is the perfect spot to see the agitated life routine of people living in the city. See more about Paseo Ahumada.

Huerfanos Pedestrian Boulevard

It was transformed into Pedestrian Boulevard in 1977 and remodeled in 1999. Stands out the Victory building, with a beautiful gallery, famous by its fine stores and boutiques of young clothes, as well as a vegetarian restaurant, very concurred in lunch hour.

Stock market of Santiago

French influenced building lodges on its interior, the stock market of Santiago. See more about Stock market of Santiago .

Club de La Unión:

A gentleman’s club composed by the more powerful men in the country. The building has the longest bar in South America. See more about Club de La Unión

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Palacio de La Moneda , located in Santiago downtown

Palacio de La Moneda , located in Santiago downtown

Palacio de la Moneda:

The Palacio de la Moneda is considered one of the most harmonious civil buildings of Colonial America. Its sober and classic lines, define a style destined to be to the seat of the Real Currency House of Spanish Corona. Today is the office of the Presidency of Chilean government. See more about the Palacio de la Moneda.

Centro cultural La Moneda:

A glass terrace with vestibule and great water mirror and green areas is the entrance point for the great Cultural Center. Has three levels and parking, including a step low level in this section of the Alameda avenue, so that the mobilization does not obstruct the visual continuity.

Palacio Cousiño

This building of neoclassic style is surrounded by an ample garden that conserves its original style. It was decorated by artists and craftsmen brought from Europe. Today is the reminder of the old fortune families style and glamour.location: Calle Dieciocho Nº 438 , See more about Palacio Cousiño.

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