Ex Congreso Nacional, Santiago

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Six grand colonnades adorn the stately and elegant facade of Ex Congreso Nacional, where Chilean Congress once met until the socialist government was overthrown by the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in September 1973. Congress was then moved to a new location, leaving the old building to be declared a national monument in 1976. Original construction began in 1851, but the building was rebuilt in 1901 following a devastating fire. Exotic trees and plants fill the garden that surrounds the building. Sit on the lawns, have a picnic in the shade, and admire the building's architecture from the exterior. Public access to the interior is offered on a limited basis. Use our Santiago trip generator to arrange your visit to Ex Congreso Nacional and other attractions in Santiago.
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  • The former Congress is a beautiful neoclassical building, with beautiful gardens, close to the plaza de armas, a good place for a photo, if you're lucky you can enter to see it, there are also guided tours.
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  • Maps of the city it is possible to make a route of the Central sights on foot. On the way is the Ex Congreso Nacional, very beautiful and preserved. It's worth going through there between a tourist spot and another.
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  • Although view behind bars is worth. The street where he is has several attractions. It's a beautiful place and easily accessible.
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  • One of my favorite places in the city.
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  • In our visitation we can't access, but around the building that housed the Senate and the House of representatives until 1973, then dissolved by Pinochet. In 1990 with the end of the dictatorship, the elected Parliament moved to Valparaiso. Today the building houses offices and meetings of parliamentarians. The internal gardens are the landscaper Guillermo Renner and the architecture is Brunet des Baines (1858).
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  • It is one of the places in the architecture of emblematic buildings can be found as it was the national ExCongreso and the current Palace of tribunals.
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  • The best thing is its administrator
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