The square Baquedano (Plaza Baquedano) is one of the main sites of Santiago. This well- known Square is situated in the place, where the Mapocho River starts to furcate. The Square is located next to Forestal and Bustamante parks. Plaza Baquedano can be recognized be an equestrian statue of the General Manuel Baquedano in the middle of a vibrant street.
The square has an oval shape. It is the main venue for different kinds of meetings, celebrations and other events of the city, like a football match or a strike. The square also functions as a great hub of the city, as the main streets of the Chile capital intersect here.
The square Baquedano is also known as Plaza Italia. Moreover, formerly, it was also called Plaza Colon. However, the Square was set up in 1985 as Plaza La Serena. It got its actual denomination in 1928. It was named after Manuel Baquedano. Initially, it got the shape of a traffic circle, but its design was changed afterwards.
There is also the Baquedano metro station (was opened on the 31st of March 1977) and the Baquedano street, which is a pedestrian precinct.
The square Baquedano is an interesting place for tourists, as there are many restaurants and cafes around the square. However, tourists should take due care here. There is always a risk to be pick-pocketed. Therefore, you should be aware of your surroundings.
Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
33° 26′ 13.2″ S, 70° 38′ 3.88″ W