San Antonio (Chile)

panorama of the port of San Antonio (Chile)

San Antonio is a city in the center of Chile. It lies in the Región de Valparaíso. It has 85,641 inhabitants (conditions: 2005).

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Geografie and climate

the port is to about 114 km south of Valparaíso directly because of the Pacific ocean. In the proximity also the Río Maipo flows into the Pacific.

San Antonio was shaken again and again by earthquakes. It e.g. lay. to 16. August 1906 within the range of the devastating earthquake of Valparaíso.

The maritime climate is mild with for instance 14°C in the annual average.


1810 during the Chilean independence fight was explained to San Antonio as the Puerto Mayor (important port). 1853 one decided to develop itself the port further, since the port Valparaíso was blocked by the Spaniards. After Valparaíso to 31. March 1866 was strongly destroyed by the Spanish fleet, became the role of San Antonio ever more importantly.

1911 received the city a railway binding after Santiago de Chile. The port of the Frenchman Augusto Galtier was removed from 1910 to 1917 to the large port of exportation.

objects of interest

main attraction is surely the large port range of the city. The Grúa 82 is a historical steam-claimant large crane in the port, which was developed between 1910 and 1915 by Frenchmen. It is today a national Monument.

The natural history museum Museo Municipal de Historia Natural shows the Flora and sea fauna of the environment. Between San Antonio and Lloleo lies approx. 4 km long beach.


San Antonio is a very important port for Chile. Over the port large quantities copper from the mine El Teniente are shipped. The port consists of four large terminals. The city is connected by exzellente roads and railway connections with the inland. It is also for the Argentine large city Mendoza an important transshipment port.

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coordinates: 33° 35 ′ 36 " S, 71° 37 ′ 18 " W


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