Despite the age of the neighborhood, the square only born a few decades ago in the interest of preserving a number of fronts, starting with the historic house Mulatto Gil de Castro.
The Lastarria neighborhood (where is located Lastarria Hotels) begins to take on greater importance between 1872 and 1910, with the remodeling of Santa Lucia Hill, the creation of the Forest Park and the construction of the National Palace of Fine Arts, the neighborhood consolidated as such.
In the 1990s, the neighborhood begins to be remodeled without altering its bohemian and intellectual life, and at the end of the decade reach a number of cafés, bars and cultural centers to intensify the activities of the sector.
Since then, as a historic district and typical area, it has managed to reconcile development with its hallmark.
For the great cultural offer from the sector, it is easy to find interconnected activities (festivals, tours, performances) through the streets of the neighborhood; especially in the street José Victorino Lastarria and Forest Park.
Important landmarks of lastarria neighborhood.
The heart of Lastarria, with streets surrounded by old houses restored and transformed today mostly in hostels and restaurants, many with outdoor terraces or tables that are placed on the sidewalks.
In its northern access between Rosal and Merced streets, a small antiques fair which is also common to find musicians and street performers is emplaced.
Mulato Gil Square:
Located in Lastarria street, it is a small passage surrounded by old houses restored today, including restaurants, cafes, the Museum of Visual Arts and the Archaeological Museum of Santiago are located. Access should pause to appreciate the beauty of the Casona Mulato Gil, possibly one of the most beautiful buildings in the neighborhood, built in the early nineteenth century.
Boulevard Plaza Lastarria:
Also located in Lastarria Street, it corresponds to a relatively new intervention, surrounded by a set of residential buildings housing on the first level several restaurants and bars cobbled square.
A charming place where it is difficult to find empty tables during weekend nights.
Church of Vera Cruz:
Located in Street Lastarria corresponds to a church built between 1852 and 1857 on the site where supposedly the city founder Pedro de Valdivia would have lived, a temple of sober facade that keeps inside a valuable image of Christ donated by the King of Spain the mercedarios in the sixteenth century.
Important place of cultural expression located in Lastarria street in an old mansion designed in 1912 as a residence.
The place other than a restaurant, cafe and shop located on the first floor, two upper floors features which brings together as calendar art exhibitions, concerts, workshops and fairs gourmet.
The urban park par excellence of the city, a projected early twentieth century modeled green Parisian parks.
Its route allows walking in the shade of ancient plane trees that intersect with monuments and fountains. During the weekend meeting has its busiest street commonly shows, fairs and flea games for children.
Written up: Guido Yañez.