Capital of Chile.
Founded in 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia who built the fort of Santa Lucia around which the city arose.
The city is the seat of the Archdiocese of Santiago, and contains the Romanesque cathedral of the Assumption, a Catholic university, eight workingmen's clubs, and several Catholic societies whose object is to procure cheap and healthful homes for the families of workingmen.
Seven parishes have houses of refuge where needy women are gratuitously housed.
Confraternities of all kinds flourish in the parishes, including those of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Apostleship of Prayer, the Sacred Heart, the Children of Mary, the Congregation of Mary and Saint Aloysius, the Most Holy Rosary, Christian Doctrine, Christian Mothers, and Peterspence.
New Catholic Dictionary