Neruda House La Chascona

Get to know the house, history and collections of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

On the slopes of the San Cristóbal hill, is what was one of the three houses of the poet Pablo Neruda. Where he lived with his partner Matilde Urrutia and named after her. It is currently the headquarters of the Pablo Neruda Foundation and a museum that houses the author's collections, from books to figureheads, including shells and bottles from all over the world.

A little history…

Pablo Neruda began to build a house in Santiago in 1953 for Matilde Urrutia, his secret love at the time. In its honor baptized her"The chascona", which was the nickname he gave her for her abundant reddish hair. The construction was entrusted to the Catalan architect Germán Rodríguez Arias. Initially, only the living room and one bedroom were built. In February 1955, Neruda separated from Delia del Carril and moved to live in"The chascona". The house had continued to grow with the addition of a kitchen and dining room. Later the bar and the library were built. The last extensions were commissioned in 1958 by the architect Carlos Martner. So Rodríguez Arias had already returned to Europe.

Pablo Neruda dies on September 23, 1973, just 12 days after the military coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende, "The chascona"it had been the object of acts of vandalism, for which reason it was flooded and planks had to be laid on the mud to move its remains, since Matilde Urrutia insisted that it be held there.

Matilde took pains to repair the damage to the house she had built with Neruda, and continued to live in it until her death in 1985. In this way,"The chascona"It was reborn and is currently a house-museum designed to disseminate the life of the poet, giving access to the intimate environments in which he lived.

What to see in La Chascona?

InThe chascona among other collections, an interesting art gallery, with works by Chilean and foreign painters of all times. There is also a collection of African wood carvings and another of furniture and objects by designer Piero Fornasetti. There are also Neruda's rooms, such as his dining room, with the original crockery and cutlery.

The Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Parque Metropolitano Funicular stop of the Hop On Hop Off Tourist Bus. If you are touring the Metropolitan Park you can also go down to the Pío Nono Station on the ecological buses and take advantage of touring the Bellavista neighborhood and visiting La chascona.

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Schedules: Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Entry: $7,000 per person and $2,500 students and 3rd age.

Address: Fernando Márquez de la Plata 0192, Providencia


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