After leaving the procession we wandered back towards the hotel stopping off on the way to explore Cerro Santa Lucia. The city of Santiago (Santiago de la Nueva Extremadura) was laid out at the foot of St. Lucia Hill by the conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in February 1541 . The city was burnt & rebuilt, affected by earthquakes and floods and generally did not prosper until the 18th century. From the 1850’s French architecture was dominant and it wasn’t until the 20th century that Chilean architects became popular.
Benjamin Vicuna Mackenna was Intendant of Santiago from 1872 – 1875 and it was during his term that the paths & terraces were laid out in Cerro Santa Lucia as well as the viewpoints.
It was very pretty:
Quite a way up:
I will make my first mention here that there are dogs *everywhere* in Santiago and Valparaiso (and I think in Chile in general)! They just wander the streets and seem well fed (though some are mangy). I asked someone about this and why there seemed to be such a general acceptance of the dogs roaming about. They didn’t really have an answer other than “it’s just the way it is”. I suppose it makes sense then to find a statue of a dog near the top of Santa Lucia!