Top Historical Places in Santiago

Are you looking to explore the history of Santiago through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Santiago including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Santiago. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Santiago ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Santiago, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Santiago for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Santiago with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Known for its gorgeous neo-classical architecture, the Metropolitan Cathedral was built during the second half of the 18th century. Further embellishments were added to the cathedral during the 19th century- making it one of the most beautiful buildings in Santiago till date. The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile and overlooks the Plaza de Armas and is surrounded by o...Read more
  2. La Moneda Palace

    Tags: Palace, Architecture

    La Moneda is the Presidential office of Chile and reflects a regal yet splendid architectural design. Created by an Italian architect in the late 18th century, the place is loved for its neo-classical layout and design and overlooks the Plaza de La Ciudadania. Today, after surviving a missile attack, the place has since been reconstructed and cherished for it stories and history. Take a tour he...Read more
  3. Centro Artesanal Los Dominicos

    Tags: Historical Site, Specialty Shop

    Centro Artesanal Pueblito Los Dominicos, located at the foothills of the Andean Mountains is an historical site where the small village was found. The villages’ country land is home to some of the best artisans in Chile and as they strive to keep their traditional art alive, you can witness how they shape articles made from wood, leather, baked mud, wool, metals and semiprecious stones (k...Read more
  4. Iglesia De San Francisco

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    The San Francisco Church is the oldest building in Santiago and dates back to the 16th century. The clock tower was added during the 1800s and is the forth one to be installed here after the earthquake took a toll on them. The church itself has survived several earthquakes with only the originally tower being replaced for the fourth time. Due to its Neo-gothic style of architecture, the church ...Read more
  5. Plaza De La Constitucion

    Tags: Historical Site, Statue, Plaza

    Plaza de la Constitucion was built in 1935 on the grounds of the former Ministry of War. Today, the square is located at the heart of Santiago and is lined by many historical buildings including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Banco Central de Chile among others. However, the most important building here is the Moneda Palace and the statue of Diego ...Read more
  6. Casa Colorada

    Tags: Museum, Walking Area, Historical Site

    The Red House or Casa Colorado was built in 1796 by Joseph de la Vega for Mateo de Toro y Zambrano- a political figure in Chile. Today the house adorns the street of Santiago by keeping a lesson of history and art alive and breathing. The house is called ‘Red’ hinting to its deep-red walls and exudes classic colonial design. The house used to accommodate the Museum of Santiago but s...Read more
  7. Castillo Hidalgo

    Tags: Garden, Park, View Point, Statue

    Located in Santa Lucia, the Castillo Hidalgo is a good way to get away from the concrete buildings of Santiago and breathe fresh air or simply get a panoramic view of the city’s building. On a clear day, you can even see the Andes Mountain! The park is loved for its lush green gardens, old statues, and beautiful fountains and is simply a walk in history. Highlights include: The Tower Vie...Read more
  8. Cementerio General De Santiago

    Tags: Cemetery, Sculpture

    The General Cemetery is the resting place of some of the most Notable personalities of Chile including famous artists and political figures. The cemetery is also the resting place of the victims of the human rights violations in Chile.  The place is a whole new world within itself with beautiful sculptures that imitate melancholic emotions, tours that take you through the journey of the ce...Read more
  9. Alameda Avenue

    Tags: Walking Area, Historical Site, Palace

    Alameda avenue is the main avenue in Santiago which runs East-West and is known for important attractions and historic places that line the avenue. The avenue is located where there used to be Mapocho River’s stream bed and since the river dried up around the 16th century, many buildings were constructed here.  Take a walk through the Avenue to see beautiful places like The Moneda Pa...Read more
  10. Estacion Central

    Tags: Historical Site, Monument

    The Estacion Central, opened in 1885, is the only railway station which has survived even after the closing of Estacion Mapocho. The larger-than-life structure was designed and conceptualized by Gustave Eiffel and was declared as a National Monument in 1983. The building is one of the most iconic places in the region and is still functional. The whole neighborhood is loved for its old-world fee...Read more
  11. Former National Congress Building

    Tags: Library, Landmark, Monument, Architecture

    The Ex Congreso Nacional was used as a government building for the National Congress till 1973. The building was declared as a National monument in 1976 and is presently functional as the headquarters of Santiago Chamber of Deputies and the Senate and the Library of Congress. The building is loved for its gregarious architecture with beautiful accents like royal Pillars, stately interiors and a...Read more
  12. Barrio Concha Y Toro

    Tags: Historical Site, Neighborhoods

    The Concha Y Toro Barrio is a small neighborhood in Santiago where time stands still. The place will remind of a quiet neighborhood in Paris and is lined with historic buildings, has cobbled streets and a functioning fountain which just spins the magic into the place! After dark, the warm glow of the streetlights adds to its surreal charm. If you like to explore places which are ‘un-touri...Read more
  13. Palacio De Tribunales De Justicia

    Tags: Landmark, Palace, Architecture

    Built in early 20th century in Neo-classic style with a touch of French architecture and design, the Palacio de Tribunales de Justicia is the highest judiciary body in Santiago. The place is known for its metal and glass dome and for its iconic stained-glass bought to Santiago from Germany. The building along with its yard is pleasant for a walk if you want to see yet another of Santiago's Nati...Read more
  14. Palacio Cousino

    Tags: Landmark, Historical Site, Palace

    Built in the late 19th century for Isidora Goyenechea and Don Luis Cousino, the lavish Palace Cousino is one of the most beautiful buildings which embellish Santiago's history. Don Luis Cousino could not live to see the palace but his widow lived here with 6 children. The Cousino family owned Silver mines and was one of the richest families during their times in Santiago. The lavish furnishing,...Read more