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Classical Santiago

Friday 10 March. With the metro to Parque O’Higgens to start the city tour. Well there’s a entertainment park and not much to see. Palacio Cousiño is a beautiful classic building with a big fence around it. Through the park to Basilica de los Sacrementinos. From a distance a classical basilica, from nearby a concrete building. Strange. Panteón de los Héroes de Chile is a underground memorial for the heroes of Chile. Across the park is the Palacio de La Moneda. An other building of classical design. Through the narrow streets of the Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago to the plaza with Corta Suprema and Ex-Congresso Nacional. Have lunch in an obscure restaurant and visit Museo de arte precolombino. Inside the history of the region, with artefacts of the Inca and Maya, but also much older. Interesting. Catedral Metropolitana, Museo Histórico Nacional, Teatro Municipal de Santiago,  Palacio Subercaseaux and Biblioteca Nacional de Chile are all classics. Climb the hill Cero Santa Lucia and enjoy the view over the city. Have a rest in the park and go to Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Contempory art it is. The bridge over the Río Mapocho has thousands of locks attached. Reason unknown. La Chascona, the house where Chilean Pablo Neruda lived with his mistress Mathilde. Pablo Neruda was a poet and a public figure against the military regime. The Saturday is over and time to leave the city.

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