Plaza Brasil


Address

Between Avenida Brasil, Huérfanos, Maturana and Compañía.

Overview

Set in the very heart of the Brasil heritage quarter, this square is an ideal meting and family recreation spot. Over the last few decades, it has become a symbol of a must-visit gastronomic and cultural hub in Santiago.

Its surroundings are characterized by the presence of cultural centers such as the Víctor Jara Foundation, restaurants and cafés, while the original sculpture-games by Federica Matta at its center give it color and energy.

History

Towards 1900, the Municipality of Santiago ordered the demolition of the buildings purchased in the sector of former Cañada de Diego García de Cáceres, today Avenida Brasil, to make the square.

The works were under the charge of engineer Wielanalt, with the support of a commission of engineers and specialists in landscape gardening and botany.

The new square was opened on January 20, 1902 as a tribute to the Brazilian nation. Important authorities from the commune and from the Brazilian Embassy attended the ceremony. Parades, fireworks and torch lights were part of the celebration.

In 1992, French sculptress Federica Matta presented the city with a children’s games project to be constructed in Plaza Brasil. Colorful, large-sized and expressive, the installation comprises four playground slides, two sets of seats and a swing, which go by the names of the Andes Mountain Range, Cerro Santa Lucía, Mayan Temple, Iceberg, Volcano and Swing.

This place certainly marks a crucial landmark in the quarter and in its history. Surrounded by 19th and some 20th century buildings, the square enhances life in the neighborhood with its distinctive cultural and gastronomic hallmark, which has become a highlight in the last few years.

 

Compañía de Jesús, 208, Santiago.