The cemetery of Punta Arenas tells the story of the city in silence. Its mausolea and the quiet park give shape to one of the most visited spots in the urban tour.
It is said that in order to really get to know a city, visitors should tour around the surroundings of its main square, enter its churches and temples and visit its cemetery. The Punta Arenas cemetery lies at the entrance of the city and, in addition to having a singular architectural value, it keeps the remains of pioneers and of the main families that gave origin to the entire population of the region.
Founded in 1894, the present cemetery replaced its predecessor, which used to be located where José de los Santos Mardones Square stands today.
As part of the urban heritage, it was built in a venue granted by the Government. In 1919, engineer Fortunato Circutti was in charge of building the magnificent portico and the perimeter walls donated by pioneer Sara Braun and named after her. On the other hand, artist Pascual Borich sculpted the crowns and other decoration details that make up the façade.
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Level of Difficulty: low.
Duration: 2 hours.
Recommendations: Far from prejudice and superstition, the cemetery is a historical place very much visited by travelers. You will not regret touring around it.
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