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20 Nov 2018
“Former Home of the National Congress”
12 Apr 2019
Inaugurated in 1901 by President Federico Errázuriz Echaurren, this was the meeting site for the National Congress. Today this national monument, with its neoclassical French designs and Corinthian order columns along with its gorgeous gardens is...more
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Reviewed 13 April 2019

On our walking tour of old Santiago we passed this building and it had all our cameras clicking. It's brilliant white façade and manicured gardens make it a worthwhile stop to take some photos. Not far from Plaza de Armas, it's easy to access.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank razza61
Reviewed 20 November 2018

Inaugurated in 1876 and rebuilt after a fire in 1895, this neoclassical building with magnificent Corinthian columns was used by the Chilean National Congress until 1973. While an enduring symbol of national pride, the grounds have a somber side. The eastern section of the gardens...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Linda Y
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

Nice building with a beautiful park around it. It is visible from outside, but you can visit only through reservation. Not worth a visit unless you are around the area already

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank mcitaly2016
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Recent reviewers here are wrong when they say tourists cannot go inside. We did a tour on July 13th, 2018, with prior reservations. We made the reservations through e-mail contact, protocolostgo@senado.cl, and protocolo2@senado.cl. Paula was a great guide!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank product-of-canada
Reviewed 31 October 2017

The Ex Congresso Nacional was completed in 1876 and was nearly destroyed in 1895. Subsequently, the building was restored to it previous grandeur. Historically speaking, this is one of the most important buildings in all of Chile, for it was here that the legislature met...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank OceanPotion1
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We had mixed reactions when we passed by the Former National Congress Building in Santiago. The building was impressive and the history behind it was interesting but unfortunately we were unable to gain access.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

No tourists are really allowed in there but it's worth viewing from the outside and admiring this beautiful piece of architecture.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank TravelReviewer1983
Reviewed 25 January 2015

While walking several blocks away from the City Center, we came across this beautiful white building with landscaped garden. We learned that it is the Ex Congresso. We saw some people milling around the front/entrance of the building and asked the guard if we could...More

Date of experience: December 2014
2  Thank LolaGo1
Reviewed 5 December 2014 via mobile

This huge neoclassical building once housed Chile's Congress, which now evidently meets in Valparaiso, which is sort of like having the U.S. House of Representatives meet in Miami! It was closed when I passed.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank CarmichaelVentura
Reviewed 8 May 2014

For some strange reason, maps provided by the Touristist Info offices in Santiago list this under "other interesting buildings." What an understatement. It was apparently closed but we went to a back entrance on Morande, were promptly ushered in and soon had our own private...More

Date of experience: April 2014
1  Thank EandSmee
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