Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago

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    Cerro Santa Lucia

    by Noel_Leon Written Dec 24, 2011

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    The expedition to the Kingdom of Chile led by Pedro de Valdivia came to the Central Valley in December 1540. After exploring the vicinity of Mapocho river, on December 13th, 1540, the expedition settled at the foothills of a small mountain. Here the Spanish conquistador built a stronghold and a watch point to control the surroundings. The hill - called Huelen by the natives – was renamed as Cerro Santa Lucia in honor of Lucia of Syracuse celebrated on December 13th.
    Santiago Valdivia chose this location not only for the rich vegetation and the good weather, but because it served as a stronghold to defend the city from Indian attack.
    In 1872 the mayor of the time, Benjamin Mackenna, designed a project to transform the hill into a space open to the public. He led a remodeling plan that included construction of parquets, roads, gardens, gazebos, and other buildings.
    The 69 meters high hill with its area of nearly 66 thousand square meters, became one of the most remarkable public works of the time.
    In 1938, a decree of the Ministry of Public Education declaimed the Cerro Santa Lucia as national monument.

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    The Santa Lucia Hill

    by mev1976 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Cerro Santa Lucia, it´s in the middle of the city, It´s a hill and was one the first places where Pedro de Valdia ( our conqueror) founded the city in Feb 12th of 1554
    Now it´s a nice place , with a magnificent entrance and a nice Casttle ( chilean one) on the top, You can walk inside some of the pads and stay a nice time try to do it´s early and not get into dark zones, because get´s pretty dangereous after midday.
    There is an craftsmanship indigenous center of on the hill, also a tourist information office. You can have a great view of the city, specially after a rainy day.

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    Cerro Santa Lucia

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 21, 2010

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    Cerro Santa Lucia is a hill that was transformed into a landscape retreat by 150 slave prisoners and under the direction of Benjamin Vicuna Mackenna, the mayor at the time. Visitors visit Cerro Santa Lucia to admire the ornate architecture inlcuidng Terraza Neptuno and climb up to the summit to admire the City's panoramic views. The park opens 9.00 am to either 7.00 pm or 8.00 pm and you need to register your ID card or passport details. There is no admittance charge.

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    Cerro Santa Lucia

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 30, 2009

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    Park with great views of the city. This is a definite must see. This park was originally a hillside fort. Now, it's a park with wonderful fountains, gardens and walkways.

    However, the park has a reputation of being very dangerous after dark.

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    Cerro Santa Lucia

    by iwys Written Jan 12, 2009

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    Cerro Santa Lucia is a pretty hill in the centre of Santiago. It is 69 m high and from the top you get great views of the city. When you enter, you must sign a visitors' book in the presence of the two policemen guarding the entrance. This is a security measure to help prevent the muggings that have occurred here in the past.

    The rocky hill has great historical significance as it is said that it was here, that in 1541, Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago. In fact, he founded it on the site of Plaza de Armas, within sight of the hill, while the hill itself was used as a fortified lookout post by the early conquistadores.

    In 1872, Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna, the Mayor of Santiago, decided to develop it into a park. There are many interesting monuments here, including Castle Hidalgo, a statue of Caupolican, a famous Mapuche leader, standing on a rock, the fountains of Terazza Neptuno and the chapel where Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna is buried.

    You climb to the top via a series of steps, pathways, and viewing platfrorms.

    The park is open from 9am to 7pm.

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    View on the city from the Zoo

    by filipdebont Updated Nov 30, 2008

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    Of course it was nice observing all these animals while visiting the Zoo.

    Even in winter time there were some colourful plants in the zoo, and from the open spots you already had a great city over the city. And at that time we were only halfway up the hill.

    After visiting the Santiago zoo, we continued our journey up to the summit of San Christobal hill with the Funicular.

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    What a view

    by filipdebont Written Sep 28, 2008

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    If you want to se something at Cerro Santa Lucia, you must climb some steps, but the view is worth the effort. Even on a grey Sunday morning.

    I think it must be great to climb this hill on a clear and sunny day, and then you can see the snowy mountains of the Andes.

    When you are at the big platform near the Hidalgo fortress, you can climb up till the upper platform; from there you have a great view.

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    Caupolican

    by filipdebont Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    The Cerro Santa Lucia, which is a beautiful city park, with some beautiful buildings and fountains.

    On top is also a fortress, the Bateria Hidalgo, at the big platform you can see the canons.

    And there is also the statue of Caupolican. He was the most famous Mapuche leader.

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    Up the Hill

    by filipdebont Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    Cerro means Hill in Spanish, so Cerro Santa Lucia means Santa Lucia Hill.

    In fact it is a small hill in the city centre of Santiago (is only 70 metres of height).

    This is the place where the city is founded, for years it was a bold rocky hill, but the mayor Vicuna Mackenna gave order to change it into a beautiful city park.

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    My favorite spot in Santiago

    by Jefie Updated Sep 24, 2008

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    When Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna was elected mayor of Santiago in 1872, one of his first decisions was to improve the city's urban environment and among his many projects was the development of Cerro Santa Lucia, a 69 m hill that stands in the middle of downtown Santiago. This hill already was of great historical importance since it was where Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago in the name of Spain back in 1541 (a monument marks the spot where the ceremony took place). About 150 prisoners were put to work to build different paths and lookouts that lead visitors from the bottom of the hill to the chapel where Vicuña Mackenna was eventually buried, and to the beautiful Castle Hildalgo.

    From the top of the hill you get one of the best views of the city and the surrounding Andes. Cerro Santa Lucia is open every day from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, free of charge. You will however be asked to provide your passport information - this safety measure was added a few years ago to make sure the hill remains a safe spot for visitors and locals alike. If you only have a few hours to spend in the city, I would definitely recommend putting Cerro Santa Lucia at the top of your list of things to do, it was my favorite spot in all of Santiago!

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    This is where it began

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 24, 2008

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    Cerro Santa Lucia rises up in the very heart of Santiago, winding paths and stairways leading up through lush green gardens to a small plaza where an old city gate faces a memorial sculpture of the Mapuche Indian leader, Caupolican, who led his people against Pedro de Valdivia and his conquistadores. The Mapuche knew the hill as Huelén - a place of sadness. Maybe they couldread the future.

    When Valdivia proclaimed the founding of the city of Santiago de Nueva Extramadura in December 12, 1541 at the nearby Plaza de Armas, he named the little hill for the saint whose day fell on that date.

    Elaborate tiers of yellow and white colonnades known as Castillo Hidalgo and the fountains of Terazza Neptuno form the entrance on the corner of the Alameda, from here you can take steps and stairs all the way up to the top or the longer, and somewhat less strenuous, winding pathway. There's also an elevator at the other end of the park for those less energetically inclined.

    There's a small chapel on the summit, the burial place of Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna, the man responsible for the creation of the park in 1872 - until Ben got to work, the hill had been neglected for centuries. The views of the city and the mountains beyond from the top are spectacular (don't be tempted to take in the city's night scene from here though - the park is lovely by day but has a bad reputation by night).
    Visitors are required to sign an entry book.

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    the old gate at Cerro Santa Lucia

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    That old towngate or maybe rather the gate of the old fortification on top of Cerro Santa Lucia is the only gate that is left over, with great decorations above the antrance-gate and with an excellent view of the surrounding area. You cannot enter that gate, just walk around of it and next to it you will find the monument of the indio and the old cannons.

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    Castillo Hidalgo & Terraza Neptuno

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    Terraza Neptuno is that lovely fountain in front of the great building at the foot of Cerro Santa Lucia, named Castillo Hidalgo. That Castillo is just for decoartion, and much too small to live inside, but it looks great indeed !From there you can step up through a wide system of steps and paths to the top of Cerro Santa Lucia.

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    Ermita Vicuna Mackenna

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2008

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    Ermita Vicuna Mackenna is a tiny church on top of Cerro Santa Lucia, unfortunately the church is locked, but it looks interesting also from outside and from its terrace you will have a great view of the modern city of Santiago below the church.

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    Cerro Santa Lucia

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jan 20, 2007

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    Cerro Santa Lucia is a hill in the centre of Santiago with a castle on top of it. It kind of looks like a wacky tourist attraction but the hill is historically significant as this is where Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago.

    The hill has been known to be dangerous, particularly at night, however it is now fenced off and locked at night and all entrants during the day must sign in at the front gate.

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