My first two weeks in Santiago I spent a lot of time walking around different neighbourhoods in search of an apartment. This is my first time in Santiago so I really don’t know what to expect from the different neighbourhoods and have loads of fun exploring them.
Barrio Brasil is a neighborhood of Santiago, Chile, located to the west of the city center and is known for its strong cultural and artistic scene, featuring a number of bars, nightclubs and cultural venues. What caught my eye was the colourful graffiti that covered the buildings and walls of this neighbourhood.
Barrio Brasil was a characteristic upper class neighborhood in Chile’s capital from the middle of the 18th century. Efforts to rebuild the neighborhood began after the 1985 earthquake. Since 2000, the neighborhood has experienced a revival with the creation of spaces for cultural events, the arts, recreation and leisure. It is also the site of new building projects that attempt to attract young middle-class families to the center of the city.
Hidden among all this modern colourful graffiti lies the small Parroquia San Saturnine (Cathedral). It is situated right next to a small park but surrounded by dull grey buildings. The old buildings of this neighbourhood offer excellent “canvasses” for graffiti artists who make full use of them.
This area is filled with museums and churches and would be a great place to live for a while. Unfortunately the place that was available was not what I had in mind for a long term place. I luckily found a great little place right in the center of the city and will be moving in end of the month.