‘Visiting Punta Arenas, Chile, Part-III’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

With the beating of Spain by the Chilean football team yesterday, it is in order to begin this article by talking a little about Chile-the country and its people before coming to the town of Punta Arenas (Tiera Del Fuego).Chile 300 95One peculiarity of Chile is its geographical formation. It looks like a lon line on the map. It has a population of 17.46 million and an impressive  life expectancy of 79.2 years.

1024px-Estadio_Nacional_de_Chile_2 580 75And yes, football is the most popular game in Chile. Here is the impressive Estadio Nacional de Chile  or the National Stadium of Chile in Santiago. (Photo source: Wikipedia). 

Construction of this stadium began in February 1937 and the stadium was inaugurated on December 3, 1938. The architecture was based on the Olympia stadion in Berlin, Germany. The stadium was one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup in 1962, and hosted the final where Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1. It was renovated extensively in 2009.

Michelle_Bachelet_foto_campaña 280 95The Chilean president Her Excellency Ms. Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria. (Photo source: Wikipedia)

Her Excellency Ms. Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria is the President of Chile since 11 March 2014. She previously served as President from 2006–2010, becoming the first woman in her country to do so. After leaving the presidency, she was appointed the first executive director of the newly created United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She is a medical doctor by training.

And now let us move over to Punta Arenas, Part-III. For accessing Part-I and Part-II of my earlier photo articles on visiting Punta Arenas please click at the following links: http://traveltalk.co.in/?p=2284 & http://traveltalk.co.in/?p=2379

DSC09031 480 66Statue of Ferdinand Magellan c. 1480 – 27 April 1521.

He was a Portuguese explorer who became known for having organised and captained the first expedition from Europe to Asia by the west, moving around the  Americas by south and crossing the Pacific Ocean for the first time, which resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth.

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A native inhabitant shown below the statue of the conqueror.

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DSC09052 480 40Impressive wall paintings.

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DSC09048 480 40Now that is a very colourful kids school

DSC09046 480 40Faculty of Music, University of Magallanes, Punta Arenas.

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Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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