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Locked Cathedrals and huge shopping centers in Santiago

Strolling down Providencia street and entering the more "modern" part of the city
Strolling down Providencia street and entering the more “modern” part of the city

Winter is fast approaching Santiago and making its presence felt with chilly and mostly cloudy days. Everywhere people wrapped up in scarves and coats are enjoying the last autumn days by strolling along the tree lined streets of Santiago. Strolling down Providencia street filled with little café’s and restaurants the contrast between old and new architecture becomes quite striking.

Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The locked Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Here Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel sits on the corner of a busy intersection surrounded by modern buildings. Maybe because there are high-rises surrounding this cathedral it stands out and is hard to miss.

Here you can see the "modern" looming over the "old"
Here you can see the “modern” looming over the “old”

This Cathedral is the Episcopal seat of the Military Bishopric of Chile but open to the community. I have seen the inside on pictures and really wanted to see it for myself. Walking around the Cathedral I tried all the doors and found them all locked. I found it quite weird that a Cathedral in the city center would be locked this early in the afternoon.

I didn’t have any better luck with the next church of St Raymond Parish which I found down a small street just pass the Cathedral.

Inside the huge shopping mall it is clearly marked what is sold on which floor.
Inside the huge shopping mall it is clearly marked what is sold on which floor.

Walking towards the metro I came across the Costanera Center, the largest mall in South America.  It is only steps away from the Tobalaba metro station and at the foot of the highest building in the country. It has six floors with two hypermarkets and more than 100 shops, a gym in the six floor, a cinema, and the first Hard Rock Cafe in the country. The best part is that each floor has a separate theme and clearly signposted with what you can expect to find on that floor. So I didn’t need to spend hours running around trying to find the items I needed. 

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    • I agree Terry! It does look like one of those things!! Was just glad that what is sold on each floor is clearly marked and that I didn’t have to travel up and down all these escalators looking for a shirt!

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  1. Malls have become the “city center” of new cities where people meet and greet while shopping. Probably, they are the centers of worship as well! Namaste. . .. Anne

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    • This is so true Annet. These days you will always find shopping malls busy, any and every day of the week whereas churches struggle to get even a fraction of this amount of people there one day a week…..its quite sad.

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