Santiago is capital of Chile. It was founded by Pedro de Valdivia on February 12, 1541 and was named Santiago de Nueva Extremadura. The city developed much with its uninterrupted economic growth and became one of Latin America's most sophisticated metropolitan areas. The city suffered slight damage during the War of Independence in the Battle of Maipu. It was named capital in 1818. The extraction of nitrate fertilizer in Northern Chile enhanced the development of the city. The city, which remained a small town during the 19th century grew into a modern city in 1930, and is now considered an important financial center in Latin America. It is also the most important industrial and financial center of Chile and its largest city.
The number of museums that preserve the historical and cultural artifacts of the city are visited by tourists.
Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport serves the city. Trains operated from Chile railway station connect the city with other areas of the country. Buses and taxicabs include the public transport in the city. The highways and subways are proof to the well-built road network of the city.
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Santiago museums preserve the story of the city. Its main museums are Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Museo Arqueologico de Santiago, Museo de Santiago Casa Colorada, Museo Catedral Metropolitana, Museo Colonial San Francisco, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and Museo Historico Nacional. The city also offers many recreational centers like San Cristobal Hill, which includes the Santiago Metropolitan Park Zoo, O'Higgins Park, Forestal Park and Cerro Santa Lucia. Santiago is known for vineyards that include Concha y Toro, Santa Rita, Santa Carolina and Cousino Macul. The important cultural places in the city that are often visited by the tourists include Museo de Bellas Artes, Barrio Bellavista, cultural and bohemian neighborhood, Central Station, railway station designed by Gustave Eiffel Victor Jara Stadium, Ex National Congress, Plaza de Armas- the downtown square and Palacio de La Moneda- the government palace.
Santiago hotels provide shelter to the number of tourists visiting the city. The exceptional service and the friendly attitude of the staff make these hotels stand out. Hotel Orly, The Ritz-Carlton Santiago, Hyatt Regency Santiago, Hotel Montebianco, Santiago Park Plaza, Cabanas Cascada de las Animas, Novotel Santiago Vitacura, Radisson Plaza Santiago Hotel and Hotel Galerias Santiago are the world-class hotels in the city.
||Santiago, commonly known as Queen City of the North, is situated in the province of Isabela, about 79 kilometers south of Ilagan and about 326 kilometers North of Metro Manila.|
||Latitude 33º27' S , Longitude 70º40' W
||255 sq. km|
||5.8 million. |