Ex Congreso Nacional, Santiago

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Government Building
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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  • No tourists are really allowed in there but it's worth viewing from the outside and admiring this beautiful piece of architecture.  more »
  • While walking several blocks away from the City Center, we came across this beautiful white building with landscaped garden. We learned that it is the Ex Congresso. We saw some people milling around t...  more »
  • This huge neoclassical building once housed Chile's Congress, which now evidently meets in Valparaiso, which is sort of like having the U.S. House of Representatives meet in Miami! It was closed when ...  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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  • The best thing is its administrator
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  • It should be open year-round in Museum quality.
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