Palacio Sara Braun on Plaza Munoz Gamero.

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Plaza Muñoz Gamero

Punta Arenas

A central plaza of magnificent conifers surrounded by opulent mansions. Facing the plaza’s north side, Casa Braun-Menéndez houses the private Club de la Unión, which also uses the tavern downstairs (open to the public). The nearby monument commemorating the 400th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage was donated by wool baron José Menéndez in 1920. Just east is the former Sociedad Menéndez Behety, which now houses Turismo Comapa. The cathedral sits west.

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1. Casa Braun-Menéndez

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Facing the Plaza Muñoz Gamero’s north side is the Club de la Unión, which houses the former Palacio Sara Braun, now known as the Casa Braun-Menéndez.

3. Museo Regional de Magallanes


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6. Cementerio Municipal

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7. Instituto de la Patagonia

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