12 Things about Constitution Square
Among the places that must be visited in Santiago is the Plaza de la Constitución. This, in addition to being located in front of the Palacio de la Moneda, is a substantial part of the architectural panorama of the city and also of the historical record.
This space has undergone a series of changes throughout its existence. At present, it remains one of the most important squares in the capital due mainly to its proximity to the Palacio de la Moneda.
12 important things about the Plaza de la Constitución Chile
Among the landmarks and curiosities associated with this public space, the following stand out:
1 . During the colonial period, the current Government Palace was the Mint at that time, where the money was minted.
2 . In 1845, President Manuel Bulnes ordered the building to become - permanently - the government house.
3 . In the early twentieth century, the headquarters of the Ministry of War was located there.
4 . By 1932, the country was going through an economic boom, thanks to which President Arturo Alessandri Palma promoted the creation of the Civic District, a plan that contemplated the remodeling of the square, whose works were in charge of the Austrian architect Karl Brunner.
5 . Its facade has suffered multiple structural damages throughout history, such as those caused by the bombing of the government house (1973) and the earthquakes in the city during the last decades.
6 . In 1982 a process of remodeling the square began. The project was in charge of the architects Cristián Undurraga and Ana Devés.
7 . The Plaza de la Constitución is part of the historic center of Santiago and also of the civic district, which is why various ministries have been located around it.
8 . Its architectural style is defined as "Italian neoclassical".
9 . It has statues of prominent characters that marked Chilean politics: former Presidents of the Republic Jorge Alessandri Rodríguez, Eduardo Frei Montalva and Salvador Allende Gossens, in addition to Diego Portales.
10 . In 2013, 30 years of its existence were fulfilled. During that same year a new restoration of the place began.
11 . The change of guard of Carabineros de Chile is done every two days in front of the Palacio de la Moneda.
12. In this square, periodically, different types of cultural activities such as fairs, exhibitions and artistic presentations are developed.
The Plaza de la Constitución Chile is one of the richest places in Santiago Centro in terms of historical and political landmarks in the country. Throughout its existence it has undergone a series of changes and remodeling, all in order to keep alive this place that represents an important part of the country's identity.