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Sculpture found in Cerro San Cristóbal.

Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in the Barrio Bellavista section of Santiago, Chile. The hill rises 880 m above sea level and about 300 m above the rest of Santiago; the peak is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca. Its original indigenous name was Tupahue. It was named by the Spanish conquistadors for St Christopher, in recognition of its use as a landmark.

At the peak, there is a church with an amphitheater, and a 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary donated by France in the 1920s. Pope John Paul II gave mass there in 1987. The spot is a superb location from which to view the city - when the smog permits it.

At its foothills are the Metropolitan Zoo and a Japanese-style garden, and up there are also two municipal pools, Tupahue and Antilén.

Cerro San Cristóbal houses Santiago's largest public park: Parque Metropolitano (Metropolitan Park).


Cerro San Cristóbal by Jáed Fonseca Toledo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Brazil License.

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