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“Remarkable memorial to Chile's Detained-Disappeared”

Parque por la Paz Villa Grimaldi
Ranked #100 of 527 things to do in Santiago
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed May 7, 2013

It may seem strange to visit a former torture center while on vacation, but this park is special. My husband and I were led by a knowledgeable guide who was patient with our many questions, although our particular guide spoke only Spanish. Most of the original buildings were destroyed at the end of the dictatorship, so little remains of the holding cells and torture chambers. Rather, the park is designed to be more like a metaphor for the horrors that took place there. For example, there are birch trees planted to mark the locations of cells, the trees symbolic of the people who were detained there. There is a rose garden with ceramic markers that give the names of women. There is a memory wall with the names of those known to have passed through the park. There is a serenity there that invites visitors to meditate on this sad chapter of Chile's history. It is to the country's credit that these memory sites exist. I highly recommend a visit.

5  Thank Gatita1946
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

A visit to this park is very emotional, since it tells the story of many people who were tortured and many died at this place during Pinochet's dictatorship. It is also a hope for peace

4  Thank Nonnita02
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Wow - what an incredibly moving and thought provoking place; the scene of so much cruelty and hatred. An audio guide is essential to really grasp the meaning; we had to wait half an hour for some to become free, but it was well worth the wait. (I think if you take your own mp3 player and presumably a cable they can download the tracks for you). It's making me shiver just writing about this wonderfully restored and maintained memorial to all those who suffered at the hands of Pincohet's regime. Santiago is such a vibrant, colourful and fresh city that it would be easy to pass through without understanding any of the suffering the wonderful Chilean people have experienced. I feel that my visit to Villa Grimaldi has helped me to appreciate Chile's recent past - and come to love the country, the city of Santiago and the Chilean people even more.

It's a little out of the way but easy to reach by a combination of metro and bus: go to Plaza Egana on blue line 4 and catch the D09 or 513 bus (across the road from the metro station). As you head down Ave. Arrieta you'll see a big sign for the Parque which is on the right hand side as you head out of the town (just check the Ave Arrieta street signs and you'll see when you are getting close to 8401). Don't expect a conventional 'Park', this is the original site of the Villa Grimaldi and so is between other large houses, behind a gate and high, red walls.

2  Thank JHHwales
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

The horror of Pinochet dictatorship in Chile is very well expressed in this memorial park. An obligatory visit for all to those who want to learn the reality of what went on in this beautiful country in the 70's until 1988. Intense emotion mixed with a feeling of Justice much needed. It remind the severakl Holocaust Museums over the world

2  Thank Maurice P
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Outside central Santiago but easy to get to the memorial park for the torture victims of Pinochet. Go to Plaza Egana on blue line 4 and immediately outside the metro station catch the D09 or 513 bus which will drop you right outside the door. (Our bus driver was very helpful in telling us we had arrived and using our BIP card got us there as part of the price we had paid on the metro) Once there, the entrance is free as is the audio tour in English which walks you round the area via 14 stopping stations - just over the hour to get round. (Free although they do ask you to leave a donation.) Almost all of the original buildings have been destroyed and in its place stand various sculptures, gardens, quiet areas to reflect on the atrocities that took place plus some modern reconsturctions of what had been before. It was all a bit obscure and hard to relate to what had gone on. Of course a place of great sadness.

1  Thank elsiek
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