The advent of the 21st century meant experimenting with several changes, most notably the restructuring of Plaza de Armas, which took on a more open layout, enhancing its features as a “hard” square. Restructuring was tied in with the construction of a new Subway station, under the so-called Kilometer Zero.
The celebration of the Bicentennial of the Republic led to the opening of major works and spaces related to art and recent history, such as the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, and the Palacio de La Moneda Cultural Center, under Plaza de la Ciudadanía.
Santiago is a city with over four centuries of history, a major player as far as economy and tourism are concerned, noted for its heritage and the appeal of its various quarters. A city which, throughout its history, has had to reinvent itself time and again, recover from earthquakes, stand up to the whims of the Mapocho River, and experience countless changes in the city and in how and where people live.
Today it is a modern city that stands out for the friendliness of its people, the historic heritage found on almost every corner, the beauty of its quarters and the activity built up around them.