San Cristobal

25 May

These pics were taken in 2009 when I was in Chile, I was facinated with the statue of the Virgin Mary as it is a massive size and at night when lit up can bee seen all over Santiago .Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill in northern Santiago, Chile. It rises 880 m AMSL and about 300 m above the rest of Santiago; the peak is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca. Its original indigenous name was Tupahue. It was named by the Spanish conquistadors for St Christopher, in recognition of its use as a landmark.

At the peak, there is a church with an amphitheater, and a 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary inaugurated in 1908, financed by private contributions and cast in France. Pope John Paul II gave mass there in 1987. There is a viewpoint allowing for fantastic views of the city, specially during the summer or after it rains.

At its foothills are the Metropolitan Zoo and a Japanese-style garden, and up there are also two municipal pools, Tupahue and Antilén.

Cerro San Cristóbal houses Santiago’s largest public park: Parque Metropolitano (Metropolitan Park). The last pic is of the Cathedral in Santiago centre, a beautiful Cathedral with frescoes adorning the ceilings and walls.




Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


22 responses to “San Cristobal

  1. Androgoth

    May 29, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I can see why you were amazed by this statue
    my great friend, and these are superb photographs 🙂

    Have a brilliant tuesday Ian 🙂


    • The Emu

      May 29, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Thanks my friend and glad you liked my pics, they were taken in 2009 when I went over to marry my wife
      We are planning to go back again before the end of the year.Hopefully I will get better pics as I was just learning with my new cam at the time
      Hope you are well and in great health, Wednesday nighttime here mate , you must have gone to bed before I got up , lol
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

      • Androgoth

        May 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

        Yes it is Tuesday 09:01 here at the moment,
        but isn’t it great that we can keep in contact
        and enjoy each others Spaces 🙂 I don’t get
        the chance to visit as often as I would like to
        and I have all the settings on my Space to
        eliminate e mails from my inbox, as WP has
        a bloody fetish for them 😦 Now my inbox is
        just the usual and without multiple this, that
        and the other, and more often than not there
        are e mails from blogs I have only stumbled
        upon, so what is the point of those? 😦

        The downside to changing my settings is that
        I never know when anyone has added anything
        new, hence my late visits to yours and most of
        everyone elses Spaces 😦

        Thank you for being such a loyal and wickedly
        fine friend over the years Ian, I thought that I
        would lose everyone on WLS but luckily I have
        managed to keep quite a few, though many do
        not bother to post anything now, which is a bit
        of a shame really. Have a great rest of evening
        Ian and I will catch you again later 🙂

        I am already looking forwards to more of your
        fine photography, you have a knack for adding
        some excellent pictures my great friend 🙂


        • The Emu

          May 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

          Thanks for the great response Androgoth, I have noticed a lot of changes on WordPress lately
          Multiple emails from the same person ,and receiving every comment left on everyones blog
          I worked that one out quickly, also notice more people reading my stuff and commenting
          so I naturally check out their site and follow if okay , but wary of newcomers from a time a few years back
          when myself and Prenin and a few others got hit by an idiot called Qwaylood, it took me two years
          to get spaces to kill his site as he was cloning others spaces, then he started up in WordPress but I was able to close him down there too
          I keep a check on the idiot and notice he is on youtube with his porn so I report him there as well
          Should never have tried to infiltrate the old Emus space
          Cheers mate
          Catch ya around tha traps

          • prenin

            May 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm

            I remember Qweerlood too darned well! 😦

            Glad you nailed the sucker my friend! 🙂

            God Bless!


          • The Emu

            May 31, 2012 at 2:45 am

            Took me two years mate to track the arsehole down on both spaces and wordpress to get him.
            Ended up putting a tracking devise on his site to locate right down to the city his IP was operating from
            Then deduced all the names he was posting on and all the sites he had cloned, even his porno pseudo sites
            Internet police tracked him on my info and he was completely closed down.
            Pissed me off mate the way he was infiltrating my friends spaces and then going no name,
            Got the bastard in the end, the moral of the story he should have heeded Ian was to never fuck with the Aussie Emu
            Cheers and have a great Thursday

  2. Zen and Genki

    May 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    All of them are beautiful (and very much appreciated as I’ve never been to Chile :))

    • The Emu

      May 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Thanks my friend and glad you liked my pics, they were taken in 2009 when I went over to marry my wife
      We are planning to go back again before the end of the year.Hopefully I will get better pics as I was just learning with my new cam at the time
      Hope you are well and in great health, wishing you much love and happiness
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

  3. giselzitrone

    May 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Tolle Fotos Grüsse dich ganz lieb und wünsche dir einen schönen Feiertag Gruss Gislinde

    • The Emu

      May 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Dank Gislinde, immer ein Vergnügen, um einen Kommentar von Ihnen zu sehen, kann ich Ihnen alles Gute und hoffe, Sie sind bei bester Gesundheit
      Dein Freund
      Aussie Emu aka Ian

  4. kate58

    May 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Gorgeous pics….another addition to the “places to visit before I die” list! xx

    • The Emu

      May 27, 2012 at 4:37 am

      Thanks Kate, yes was a beautiful time I had there and will be returning again soon
      Wishing you a beautiful and enjoyable Sunday my dear friend
      Aussie Ian

  5. Angel O'Fire

    May 26, 2012 at 1:47 am

    absolutely beautiful………for an emu who took flight, considering emu’s can not by rights fly, you do everything with such flare, and well emu talent…….great blog my emu

    • The Emu

      May 26, 2012 at 5:24 am

      Hi Sherlock , hope all is going well up your way , notice your blogs are very pertinent and I think should be read in parliament
      Stand for the next federal elections girl and get rid of that Gilliard idiot, she turns my vegemite sour every morning

      • Angel O'Fire

        May 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

        thank you emu x

        • The Emu

          May 27, 2012 at 4:38 am

          Always a pleasure Sherlock , always a pleasure
          Aussie Ian and Emu

  6. Red

    May 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    I am quite an architecture buff. The detail on that building is phenomenal. Thank you for sharing these lovely photographs. Looks as though the Mary was getting a pedicure!

    • The Emu

      May 26, 2012 at 5:18 am

      It was a spectacular experience for me Red, I took a lot of pics of the frescoes on the ceilings and walls inside, all ancient works I believe, the earthquakes rock the building now and then but it still stands, going back soon for another visit but this time going to Juan Fernandez island, the island known as treasure island of Robert Louis Stevenson fame and the Easter island known as Rapa Nui.
      Thanks for visiting

  7. prenin

    May 26, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Now THAT’S a city!!! 🙂

    Brilliant photos Ian – the statue must have been hard to carve, but it does look beautiful! 🙂

    God Bless my friend! 🙂


    • The Emu

      May 26, 2012 at 5:14 am

      Hi mate, dont know what the statue is made out of but it was spectacular at night when seen all over Santiago
      It lit up the whole city, something like that one in Rio Di Janeiro I think.
      Raining here and the heaters on so think its time for a snuggle up in bed this Saturday arvo

  8. magsx2

    May 25, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Great photos, that is amazing how tall that statue is, very nice architecture on the building as well.

    • The Emu

      May 26, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Thanks mate,it was a great experience over there and with a bit of luck
      I will be returning in Sept or October for another adventure
      Have a beaut weekend and keep the jokes coming
      Aussie Emu


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