Saturday, May 07, 2011

Plaza de la constitucion, Santiago and Sunday Ceremony

Correct name of this place is “Plaza De La Constitucion” or place where constitution is maintained, but tourist guide told me “it is erstwhile Palace” when asked about it. This Plaza De La Constitution was one of the destinations on Touristik Hop on Hop off city tour. For simplicity let me call it hereafter as Palace. plaza-de-la-constitucion-santiago
When I got down near the Palace, I’m told that it is closed. With a bit of disappointment, I decided to walk around it. Several tourists were gathering on the other side of the Palace and with lot of uniformed men around, it looked like they were preparing for something.As I attempted to guess what’s happening, lot of horse riders (Police personnel on horses) started riding in. 
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Eventually it was apparent that everyone were preparing for some sort of ceremony in front of the palace. I waited for 5-10 minutes. Took lot of photos and eventually decided to move on, as I didn’t know how long they’ll take or what exactly they’re upto.
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May be there was a flag hoisting, some speech and other ceremonies- without any English speaking people around, there was little I could make out. I was short on time and left the place. Below photos are for you to see and enjoy.
  closeup-preparations-for-flag-hoisting another-view-plaza-de-la-consti
Several other administrative buildings are also located around this Plaza De La Constitution. Missed viewing the plaza from inside, but got to see this ceremony (or at least a part of it). Santiago mayor launching Toy Train service near Plaza De Armas was the other event I got to witness the same day.

Wikipedia has some details about the place.

Other Chile posts: Santiago Steet pictures * Valparaiso City views *


Arti said...

Very interesting, great pics!

CooperPatel said...

Great Photos. Chile hasn't had the recent upheavals in as other South American countries.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Arti and CP

Mridula said...

Are you going back to Chile?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Mridula: No, don't think so