The Municipal cemetery, also known as the Sara Braun Cemetery (a benefactor of the city), is one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Punta Arenas. Located on a principal avenue, this graveyard portrays the historical, multi-cultural and religious influences of Punta Arenas from the end of the XIX century to the present. While wandering through tight corners and tree lined corridors, majestic buildings appear, revealing the ancient grandeur the city enjoyed until around 1920 (before the opening of the Panama Canal). Croatians, Spanish, English, Swiss, Chilote (from the island of Chiloe, Chile) and others gave a cosmopolitan feel to Punta Arenas since its founding. The most iconic surnames of Southern Patagonia can be found on the tombstones, crowned by mausoleums carved into small castles to demonstrate the economic and social power the families had in the local society. It is necessary to remember that Punta Arenas was considered the most important city in southern Patagonia for over 70 years. Due to its location on the Magellan Strait, Punta Arenas was a key comercial and cultural point, a mandatory pass for interoceanic commerce.
Considered by many as the prettiest cemetery in Chile and in the top 5 of South America, little by little the cemetery has transformed into a symbol of the city. It’s considered a necessary stop for any and all tourists who want to understand a little about Patagonian society and the complex cultural identity developed by pioneers and adventurers from around the world who arrived in this area searching for opportunities and new horizons.More...
How to arrive
The cemetery is located in the central area of Punta Arenas (Av. Bulnes), a few streets away from the main plaza. You can easily arrive by foot or taxi.
Good to know
Opening hours are from 7:30 in the morning to 20:00 at night. Free entrance.