They were the protagonists of the history of the pioneers. Today, their palaces are two of the most representative places as regards the architecture and the past of the city.
There are some protagonists in the history of Patagonia pioneering who have written important pages both in Argentina and Chile. The members of the Braun family were some of them and the City of Punta Arenas is the place where they lived and created their destiny.
Close to the Plaza de Armas (main square), in addition to the church cathedral, the residence of the governor, the traditional Cabo de Hornos Hotel, visitors may see the Sara Braun Palace and the José Braun Menéndez Residence, two mansions worth visiting to understand the influence of this family in the origins of the city.
Sara, the Landlady and her House
Sara Braun came from her native Russia to the southern lands in 1874 and, in 1887, she married a Portuguese businessman, enterprising José Nogueira. Amongst other successful business, such as gold exportation, Nogueira was one of the first pioneers in sheep raising and the founder of Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego. In 1886, he was granted pieces of land that reached one million hectares in the area of Magallanes and whose manager was Sara’s brother: Mauricio Braun.
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Duration: half day.
Recommendations: The small and sumptuous Nogueira Hotel has worked at the Sara Braun Palace since 1992 and it remains intact with all its wealth. In 2004, the king of Spain,
Contact: Regional de Magallanes
Magallanes 949 (6200000) Punta Arenas, XII Región, Chile Tel: +56 61-2244216
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