— Travelogue —
SANTIAGO PLAYED HOST to my first visit to the continent of South America, and the city’s late XIX and early XX Century architecture was certainly a great sight to be welcomed by! Walking around the historical center, I was reminded of stately Spanish cities like Valencia, but with the spice and flavor of Latin America. A mixture of Beaux-Arts, Art Nouveau, Spanish Colonial, and Art Deco, to name a few, all coexist within a gridded, walkable urban layout.
The old campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is overall an exemplary building: each one of the three courtyards has its own special architectural character.
Chilean traditional architecture, like its wine, is rooted in the vines of the old world, but with all the exceptional flavors and opportunities of the new world.