Villa Grimaldi


After his coup against Allende, Pinochet seized this private villa (he had arrested the daughter of the owner and traded her for the property). It was used for the torture and execution of Pinochet's political enemies. The main house and some other buildings were destroyed by the army as cover-up, so what remains is mostly a park.

It is eerily beautiful - scent of flowers, birds singing - given what horrors went on here in the 70s (and described on the headphone tour).


A workman near the wall of remembrance.


Some of the victims' names are in the rose garden (one of the few remaining elements of the estate that is continuous with the original property).


These shadows caught my eye.


Like hands.

Back to Santiago.

© Robert Yanal 2017