Cerro Santa Lucia, Santiago

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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 ezaguryk Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    In the middle of the city you will find Cerro Santa Lucia, One of the entrances found the monumental stairs. It is a pretty ride walking, plenty of vegetation is as a labyrinth of stairs and each zone offer a different view. In the top it offers a beautiful view of Santiago, in the park you will found castle hidalgo, that she has been transformed in a center of events

    Tips: It is recommended to visit it in the hours of the day since at night it can be not so safe

    En medio de la cuidad encuentras el cerro santa lucia, En una de las entradas encontraras las escaleras monumentales. Es un lindo paseo a pie, lleno de vegetación, es como un laberinto de escaleras y cada zona ofrece una vista distinta. En la cima te ofrece una hermosa vista de la cuidad de santiago, En el paseo encontraras castillo hidalgo, que ha sido trasformada en un centro de eventos

    Tips: Se recomienda visitarlo en las horas del día ya que en la noche puede ser no tan seguro

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Cerro Santa Lucia

    by IIGUANA Updated Nov 21, 2003

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    The Santa Lucia Hill in the city center is an important historic landmark. It was here, at the foot of this hill formerly known as the "Huelen", that the Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago on February 12th, 1541. He planned the city according to the traditional Spanish checkerboard layout which is still evident in the downtown area today.
    Try going in the morning, as it can get dangerous when the sun goes down.

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    Fuente Magica

    by IIGUANA Updated Dec 16, 2004

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    Known as the Magic Mountain (Fuente Magica), this fountain can be found on Cerro Santa Lucia. It'll be one of the first things you see when you climb the hill from the Alameda.
    Maybe it's not huge, maybe it's not as big as many others, but it does have something special: every coin thrown there is collected for the Make-a-wish foundation. So please, cooperate.
    Oh, and one other thing. Next to this fountain, you can find some artisan work in some small kiosks.

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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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    Caupolican

    by IIGUANA Written Dec 16, 2004

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    This statue conmemorates the mapuche Caupolican. He was one of the chief mapuches that fought the spanish as he didn't want his land to be conquered by the spaniards. He fought Pedro de Valdivia (founder of the city) again and again, making his plans quite difficult. At the end, Pedro de Valdivia did win, but with a good battle.

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    Hiking in Santa Lucia

    by reon80 Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Cerro Santa Lucia, also known as the Parque Municipal, is an absolutely beautiful hill in the middle of Santiago, where you can easily spend a lovely day hiking up and around the park, stopping in the museum full of artifacts regarding Chile´s indigenous people, and just generally having a lovely time and losing yourself in nature. I loved it so much I did it twice. Its free to just wander around, take pictures, and enjoy some quiet time (at least in tourist off-season!). Probably my favorite thing to do in Chile!

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    Indigenous Playing Hockey

    by camilo74 Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    In this Hill was founded the city of Santiago. In the photo you can see this indigenous playing hockey. Well, it's actually playing "Chueca" wich is the same concept of Hockey (I supose). This statue is located in the Hill. Well i've just discovered that it's not actually a Chilean Idigenous this one, It's a copy of a statue (made by a chilean) called The Last Mohican, which is also laocated in Central park in New York

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    Cerro Santa Lucia

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 21, 2010

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    Cerro Santa Lucia (Terraza Neptuno)
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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 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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