Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral

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Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center

The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM) is a cultural center located on 227 Av. Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, in Santiago de Chile. The complex was originally built to serve as the headquarters for the third UNCTAD conference,[1] which was held in Santiago in 1972, and consisted of a convention center and an adjoining 22-stories building. The building was finished in only 275 days in a significant effort supported by several thousand volunteers. This effort was part of a major propaganda initiative performed by the socialist government of Salvador Allende, in power between the end of 1970 and September 1973 .After the conference, the building was used as a cultural center until the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. After the end of the Pinochet regime, it hosted a number of conventions and the adjacent tower became the main building for the Ministry of National Defense. The complex was damaged by a fire in 2006 and later remodeled to serve as a cultural center.[1]

The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral was inaugurated in September 2010[1] and is named after Gabriela Mistral.


Coordinates: 33°26′20.70″S 70°38′23.02″W / 33.4390833°S 70.6397278°W / -33.4390833; -70.6397278