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. Put Ex Congreso Nacional into our Santiago online vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The former national building, located in the city centre of San Diego, is a building, but not a great architect. There are a lot of local famous sights, such as the Maria Square, the cathedral and so on.
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  • The Ex Congresso Nacional was completed in 1876 and was nearly destroyed in 1895. Subsequently, the building was restored to it previous grandeur. Historically speaking, this is one of the most import...  more »
  • We had mixed reactions when we passed by the Former National Congress Building in Santiago. The building was impressive and the history behind it was interesting but unfortunately we were unable to ga...  more »
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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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