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The city of Angol has around 46 thousand inhabitants and is capital of the Malleco province. Angol is located in the IX Region, to 39,77 miles of Los Angeles city and it is on the foot of the Nahuelbuta mountain range and next to the Vergara river. In the past was transited by small boats until the Bío-Bío and Concepción River, its strategic position explains the successive attempts of foundation in this place. The first one was called the Fronteras, in 1553, and was carried out by Pedro de Valdivia’s order. The place was destroyed and reconstructed seven times.
Angol was declared a city in 1871 and stayed connected by the railroad with the city of Santiago in 1876. From the city of Angol it started off, in 1881, the definitive occupation expedition of the Araucanía. The locality of Angol became economic and administrative center; it was the departure point for the Chilean and foreign colons that occupied these lands.
Several artists and intellectuals have been born in Angol. Among them stand out, Pedro de Oña, writer born in 1570; Juan Acevedo Hernandez, Carlos Silva Vildósola, Diego Dublé Urrutia, Israel Nibbles and the historian Sergio Villalobos. Angol is also an active agricultural and timber production city.
We recommend knowing in a visit to the city of Angol. The following interest tourist places:
The Cultural Center, dependent of the Municipality of Angol, since here, diverse artistic samples are exposed.
More ahead is the Historical Museum, that it has varied and miscellaneous sections and collection of documents that allow to make a history revision of the city and great part of the Region of the Araucanía, is possible to visit it from Monday to Saturday from 10:30am to 13:30 and the 15:00 to 19:30 hours; Sundays from 10:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to the 19:30 hours. The entrance is free but, a voluntary contribution is asked.
In your visit to Angol don’t miss the Benjamin Vicuña McKenna Square,one of the most beautiful city plazas of Chile. Surrounded by a doubles rank of linden trees, it has its cleared center and a water mirror with four marble sculptures, which were declared National Monument; work of Virginio Aryan that represents the four continents. Surrounding by “Elm trees Péndula” projecting its shade on the benches, and four great trees, ready in each corner. Is a gigantic magnolio, a Cypress of Lawson, a cedar of the Lebanon and a vaporous japónica Criptomeria.
More ahead is the Church and Convent of San Buenaventura, which belongs to the Franciscan order. Of 1863, it is a pretty building of colonial style with gothic and neoclassic influences. It was the first church constructed in the city of Angol and the Araucanía; it became in the head of the missions that entered this territory. Masses from Tuesday to Saturday from19:00 hours, Sunday to 8:30, 12 and 19 hours.
The Tourist Center the Vergel, dates from 1880, when Manuel Bunster formed a great breeding ground with fruit plants, forest and ornamentals. For its design he brought a group of Japanese landscape gardener. In one of his innovations he introduced the blackberry bush, appropriate plants for the walls creation. In 1919, the park was acquired by the Methodist Corporation, responsible for the foundation of the Agricultural Institute. Until today it conserves the park and it has created an anthropological museum, a garden of plants and a guest house.
Also in Angol is the Museum Dillman Bullock, which was founded in 1961 by the Dr Dillman Bullock, its first director. It is divided in three saloons; Biology, natural history and archaeology. Count with an interesting archaeological mapuche and pre-mapuche sample, funeral ballot boxes of the kofqueche culture; collections of flora and fauna of the Malleco Province, peculiar animals and historical showing of the Methodist Church. Visits schedule goes from Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am to 13 and from 13:30 to 19:30 hours, Thursday and Sunday from 9 am to 19:30 hours.
Angol Park is perfect for a walk: offers old trees, meadow and places to have lunch. Sequoias, oaks and the bald cypress, and a precious conifer of deciduous leaf and pendulums branches create a perfect place to rest.
Near is the Plants house, which has one of the more surprising collections of plants acidophilus and conifers. If you visit the garden between September and October you will see bloming 104 varieties of camellias, 83 rhododendrons, 91 azaleas and 21 copihues.
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