It is a 69-meter-high hill that covers an area of 65,300 m2 in the heart of Santiago and is a faithful reflection of the city's history and culture. In 1983 it was declared a National Monument in the Historical Monument category and is currently a great tourist attraction, being one of the most interesting public walks in the capital.
A little history…
His first name was Huelén, a name given to him by the Mapuches and which means melancholy, sadness or pain. After the arrival of the Spanish, Pedro de Valdivia renamed it Santa Lucía and founded the city of Santiago at its feet on February 12, 1541. Originally it was used as a viewpoint since from its top there was a view panorama of the territory.
At the end of the 19th century and in celebration of the Centennial of the republic, the mayor Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna began an urban improvement plan, which included the modernization and remodeling of Santa Lucía hill, this meant the construction of an access road, a chapel Gothic style at the top, gardens, water fountains and a reforestation. This is how Fort Hidalgo was turned into a castle and large terraces were built.
The main access to the hill was created by the architect Víctor Villeneuve, built in 1902, who also added neoclassical buildings, which increased throughout the 20th century. The work harmonizes around a sculpture of the god Neptune an entire architectural ensemble with
curved staircases, pools, a large terrace, and a triumphal arch topped by a dome. The set constitutes a very evocative image of the lifestyle of Santiago's high society at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.
What to do on Cerro Santa Lucía?
When touring the hill, you will notice the important French inspiration in its architecture and gardens. At the main entrance you will find the Terrace and Neptuno Fountain.
After a short climb up the paths and stairs, you will reach the summit where the Mirador de la Torre is located, where you can admire a beautiful view of the city.
The Hidalgo Castle, the tomb of Vicuña Mackenna and the Monument of the Santiago Foundation are other attractions that you can find.
Every day, at 12:00 noon, a cannon shot (cannon salvo shot) is heard from the top of the hill to announce that it is 12:00 noon, a tradition that has been maintained since 1825.
Schedules: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Address: Saint Lucia, Santiago