The City Today
The cathedral church stands opposite thePlaza de Armas and has become a symbol of this beautiful city. Its modern architecture stands out. With curve shapes, it has eleven parabolic arches and a beautiful 36-meter-high cross that may be admired from several points in the city.
Chillán’s main square, known as the plaza de armas stands opposite the church. In addition to an exquisite plant life, it summons handicrafts markets and youths that turn it into a place of worship for meetings.
The municipal theater, the tourist office, the local municipality and some museums, such as the “Claudio Arrau” and the “San Francisco”, are some of the institutions the visitor cannot miss during his stay.
The pedestrian promenade known as Arauco, which occupies only two blocks, displays modern shops, hotels and restaurants.
The Siqueiros murals, housed by Escuela México, are one of the most important works of art in the city. They were developed in 1941 and 1942 by the Mexican painters David Alfaro Siqueiros and Xavier Guerrero and they represent the struggle of the Mexican and Chilean people for their national independence.
The market of Chillán, along with the huge Handicrafts Market, is also a must visit. The pure folklore of this region is contained there.
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The San Juan de Dios Chapel stands on the way to the Community of Old Chillán. The liberator Bernardo O’Higgins was baptized in this chapel. It was declared historical monument in 1972.