This little chapel is on top of the Cerro Santa Lucia and is where Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna was buried. My history is not that good, but I know he's important. He must be, because he's the only one buried in this hill...
It was built in 1872.
Climb Santa Lucia Hill , wich is a beautiful park in the downtown , and get a great view of the city. I've just discovered it was not actually the place of the Fundation of Santiago, as most peolpe (including me ) believe, this belief comes from a painting, which you can also see in our $500 notes, but that is just a mith , Santiago was founded where now is Plaza de Armas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CERRO SANTA LUCIA - This is a lesser hill, compared to her big brother San Cristobal. It is also very 'urban': it is located in the city centre. Up there, however, you can see a lot of history: old fountains, historical buildings, statues such as Caupolicán's (ask the locals about this indian leader and the way the Spaniards killed him).
The view offered, even though it would disappoint someone who has already seen the city from San Cristobal's peak, is not that bad. You can also learn a lot about old Santiago and the first Spanish settlements in the area. Some people told me it could get a little dangerous on the hill, but I went there and didn't see any potential criminals around... if you are rather cautious, don't bring a lot of money with you and I guess it'll be OK.
For a human scale view of Santiago and the Andes go visit Santa Lucia park.
Santa Lucia, is the hill where Pedro de Valdivia founded Santiago by building a small fort on this hill in 1541. Begin your journey into the park on Alemeda street, spend some time at Neptunes plaza, (my postcard picture). I'm told there is an amphitheater where concerts are held. In my haste to cover many sights I missed it : ( .
On a clear day, after the rain, the Andes make a grand backdrop to any photograph.
Cerro Santa Lucía is a hilly, dense park rising above the streets of central Santiago. It's filled with fanciful architecture, fountains, and winding pathways and steep stairways through the greenery.
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.
O Cerro Santa Lucia, foi um dos lugares de fundação da cidade de Santiago e servia também como forte para defesa da cidade. Construido pelo Libertador Bernardo O´Higgins se não me engano, do seu mais alto mirante nos dias sem fog se tem uma bela vista da cidade.
El Cerro Santa Lucia, fue uno de los sitios de la fundacion de la ciudad de Santiago, y tambien servia como una fortaleza para defensa de Santiago. Construido por el Libertador Bernardo O´Higgins se no estoy errado, en su mais alto mirador es possible tener una linda vision de la ciudad en los dias en que no hay smog
The Santa Lucia Hill, was one of the spots where the city was founded, it was also a fortress built to defend Santiago. It was built by Bernardo O´Higgins if i´m not mistaken, and from it´s higher point you can have a great view of the city when it´s not very foggy.
A rocky hill near the centre of the city.
When climbing it you will find all sorts of buildings and monuments.Ofcourse there are several lookout points.
Right of the historic center the Cerro Santa Lucia gives you some nice views over the old part of the city.