Chile // The Central Valley //

Chillán and around

Lively Chillán is famous as the birthplace of Bernardo O’Higgins, the founding father of the republic, and is worth visiting for its vast handicrafts market and fascinating Mexican murals. Thanks to periodic earthquakes and regular Mapuche attacks, Chillán has repeatedly been rebuilt since being founded in 1550. Most of Chillán’s present architecture dates from just after the 1939 earthquake.

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