Centro Cultural del Bicentenario
Santiago's attractive cathedral is on the central plaza.
Iglesia de la Merced
This harmonious church was built in 1853, after older versions had fallen victim to floods and earthquakes.
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
This monastery church is a local landmark and houses a venerated replica of the Shroud of Turin.
La Casa del Folclorista
On the way to the riverfront, this big barn of a peña has live folk bands Friday and Saturday (AR$50 cover) and cheap parrilla and...
Tucked away but on the plaza, this is a discreet and reliable restaurant with well-dressed waiters who see to your every need. There’s a...
Pellegrini 149 & Libertad s/n · interesting places nearby
Centro Cultural del Bicentenario information
This excellent cultural center is an airy, modern space housing three museums, all imaginatively displayed; the highlight is the anthropological collection , with a stunning array of indigenous ceramics, jewelry and flutes. Fossils of mastodons and glyptodonts, extinct creatures that somewhat resembled large armadillos, also impress. The sparsely labeled historical museum is attractively set around the patio of Santiago’s noblest building and touches on slavery, 19th-century strife and the role of women. The top-floor art gallery features good temporary exhibitions.
All info is in Spanish. The downstairs cafe is a popular meeting place, does good coffee and is a pleasant air-conditioned retreat from the Santiago heat.