This neighborhood is quiet and beautiful, perfect to have a nice walk surrounded by a beautiful architecture. It is located Steps away from the noisy and frenetic city center.
Its sinuous streets make the perfect environment for the people who love to take pictures and enjoy a coffee in food markets. This area has a predominant influence of Franciscan congregation which built “San Francisco” church and convent. They became landowners of this neighborhood but at the end of XIX century, for economics issues, they sold their properties. Decades later, in the middle of the old yards of “Congregación Franciscana”, famous national architect Ricardo Larraín Bravo and Alberto Cruz Montt put their stamp building big houses. their styles were diverse like neoclassical, renaissance, baroque and neocolonial. Similar to some european cities.
In the beginning it was where the Chilean elite settled but lost its attraction due to city development. However it never left its charm, so a lot of relevant people like “Nemesio Antunes and president Manuel Blanco Encalada used to live there.
Also, this neighborhood was related to intellectuals and artists because of the prominent art galleries.
- It was a place frequented by Pablo Neruda
- It was declared National Monuments the typical zone category in April 1982
Source: Ilustre Municipalidad de Santiago
Where to go:
- Restaurant El Rincón de los Canallas.
- Metro station Universidad de Chile