Originally called Huelen -"pain, melancholy or sadness" in Mapuche language- it was renamed in 1541 by conquistador Pedro de ... More
Santa Lucía Hill
Originally called Huelen -"pain, melancholy or sadness" in Mapuche language- it was renamed in 1541 by conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, founder of Santiago. Its hillside started to be transformed in 1872, when plans to turn Santiago into a European style city began. This way, Santiago high society could stroll down the beautiful new gardens, squares and terraces. In years to come, the rapid growth of the city contributed to its decline. But in the 90s, restoration began and it is now back to its former glory with the added benefit of a lift to the summit and the Castillo Hidalgo as an events and exhibition centre for native art. Also, during summer, the area of the mirador (panoramic point) becomes a stage for theatre plays and concerts. Today, Santa Lucia Hill is again a perfect place for a family outing and a recommended spot for tourists, where all can enjoy lush gardens, a panoramic viewpoint, monuments and a taste of Santiago's history.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here. The landscaping was well kept and in bloom so it looked gorgeous! We were able to take many great photos to bring home so we will always remember our trip. The view over the city was so clear and the sky so blue. You could see the Andes Mountains and the breath the cool air.
If you love history as I do you won't want to miss this wonderful site!!
For the history buffs, this is the place where Chile's Conquistador, Pedro de Valdivia founded the city in 1541. It's a great place to wonder about, plenty of shade and ice-cream during the summer. To the locals it is a meeting place and landmark of the city.
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