Alfredo Azancot built this place for the nitrate baron Emilio Carrasco in 1912. Since 1971, it has housed the Vicuña Mackenna library, including historical archives and a cultural centre. The gardens boast Rodin's sculpture "The Defence", which France bestowed on Chile in homage to the hero of the Iquique Naval Battle. The Chilean Navy disliked the stone image of its greatest hero, Arthur Prat, in all his naked glory, and the statue was banished to the darker recesses of the customs warehouse for many years. Finally, the area surrounding the polemical figure was declared a duty-free zone, so technically the sculpture has never even entered the country. Now you can go and see for yourself what all the fuss was about. Entrance is free.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM, Monday to Friday from 02:00 PM to 06:30 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
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