Catedral Metropolitana


Towering above the Plaza de Armas is the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, built between 1748 and 1800. Bishops celebrating Mass on the lavish main altar may feel uneasy: beneath them is the crypt where their predecessors are buried.

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1. Plaza de Armas

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Since the city's founding in 1541, the Plaza de Armas has been its symbolic heart. In colonial times a gallows was the square's grisly centerpiece; today…

2. Museo Histórico Nacional

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Colonial furniture, weapons, paintings, historical objects and models chart Chile's colonial and republican history at the Museo Histórico Nacional. After…

3. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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4. Mercado Central

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5. Edificio Radicales

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6. Palacio de la Moneda

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7. Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda

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8. Iglesia de San Francisco

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