Parque por la Paz

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Parque por la Paz information

Location
Santiago , Chile
Address
Av Jose Arrieta 8401, Peñalolén
Telephone
+56 2 292 5229
More information
www.villagrimaldi.cl
Opening hours
10am-6pm
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During Chile’s last dictatorship some 4500 political prisoners were tortured and 266 were exe­cuted at Villa Grimaldi by the now-disbanded DINA (National Intelligence Directorate). The compound was razed to conceal evidence in the last days of Pinochet’s dictatorship, but since the return of democracy it has been turned into a powerful memorial park known as Parque por la Paz . Each element of the park symbolizes one aspect of the atrocities that went on there and visits here are fascinating but harrowing – be sensitive about taking pictures as other visitors may be former detainees or family members. Take Transantiago bus D09 or 513 (you need a Bip! card) from right outside the Av Vespucio exit of Plaza Egaña metro station; it drops you opposite.