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Santiago de Chile - Plaza de Armas and Cathedral

The Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Santiago was once a military training ground, hence the name, but today it has developed into the beating heart of the metropolis.

Several historic buildings surround this square: the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago that you can see on the picture, the Central Post Office Building, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago.

Moreover the square with its many palmtrees, benches, fountains and sculptures is also a meeting point for the habitants and the visitors of the capital.
It’s always a busy scene there. On the square you will find a lot of families with children as well as individuals looking for company to have a chat, play chess (see picture in workshop) or listen to the musicians who perform there.

The construction of the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago began in 1748 and ended in 1800. Further alterations have been made at the end of the 19th century. The neoclassical facade is crowned with a triangular pediment and two turrets.

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