"Pablo Neruda's eccentric home!" Top 5 Page for this destination Chile Things to Do Tip by VeronicaG

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  Las Chascona
by VeronicaG
  • Las Chascona - Chile
      Las Chascona
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      View from Las Chascona
    by VeronicaG

Pablo Neruda, Chile's popular poet has grasped at my heartstrings. I have found him to be so interesting and have enjoyed reading some of his poetry! I picked up a compilation of his work at a gift shop at one of his homes and I encourage you to soak up his verses while traveling in Chile. It sets a mood...if you know what I mean.

We had toured his home in Valparaiso (La Sebastiana) on our last visit to Chile, so we wanted to see La Chascona ( Santiago) this time around. Pablo Neruda is said to be a poet obsessed by the sea, so much of his writing and collections pertain to it. The name La Chascona was inspired by his third wife who apparently had a tumble of hair that was difficult to keep under control.

Since Neruda loved the sea (although he was very fearful of it at the same time) his home was designed to resemble a ship. Windows were portholes and nautical lanterns were scattered throughout; the rooms were colorful with low ceilings. Unfortunately, during the Pinochet era the home was vandelized and many precious objects destroyed. Some unique items survived and offer a glimpse of Neruda's flamboyant personality. See this house if you have the time!

A guide escorts you through the home and is primed to answer just about any question regarding Neruda. A gift shop on the premises offered books by the poet and postcards or posters containing his verses.

Address: Fernando Marquez de la Plata 0192
Phone: 56-2 777-8741

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2007
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