Heritage and Culture
To help recover and preserve the Region’s heritage in the understanding that a better tomorrow can only be built on the foundations of the history, identity and traditions of the community
Collahuasi implements a number of permanent initiatives in this field:
- “Museum of the Religious Life of the Far North”. This Museum, located in the basement of the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Sanctuary in La Tirana was inaugurated in 2015 and has an area of 342 m2 where some 200 pieces are displayed in three different areas. One of its aims is to heighten awareness of the popular expression of religion by the people of northern Chile and give legitimacy to its social role.
- Corbeta Esmeralda Museum. This Museum, a scale replica of the ship commanded by Arturo Prat, has a consolidated position as a regional tourist attraction and, in 2015, reached 300,000 visitors. It was implemented together with the Chilean Navy in a bid to contribute to the education of future generations, tourism and the area’s economic development.
- Pintados Geoglyphs Museum. Located 96 kilometres from Iquique in the Pozo Almonte municipal district in the Pampa del Tamarugal area, this valuable archaeological and heritage site was declared an Historical Monument in 1969. It contains more than 400 examples of rock art, stretching over 3 kilometres. It was inaugurated in November 2011.
- Repair of churches in Pica, Matilla, Tarapacá and Huatacondo after the 2005 earthquake. Responding to a deeply-felt need on the part of the Region’s inhabitants, Collahuasi participated actively in reconstruction of the San Antonio de Matilla, San Lorenzo de Tarapacá, San Andrés de Pica and Huatacondo churches after they were severely damaged by the earthquake that hit northern Chile in 2005. These projects were implemented under Chile’s Cultural Donations Law.
- Donation to the Saltpetre Museum Corporation of the Humberstone and Santa Laura offices and subsequent management of the conservation and enhancement of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Murals in the Iquique airport by the Aymara artist Aymar Yutawi.
- Casa Collahuasi Art Galleries. The first of the galleries opened in 2002 after the Company acquired and restored two houses on Iquique’s Baquedano Avenue which were subsequently declared National Monuments. The gallery has emerged as one of the most important centres for the arts in Iquique and has housed numerous exhibitions of the work of leading artists from the area, the rest of Chile and other countries. A second gallery was subsequently opened in Pica.
- Parra a la Vista
“Parra a la vista” the book tribute to Nicanor Parra and that gathers an exclusive collection of images of the poet. This book tells the 100 years of the poet under the gaze of photographs of different moments of his life, from his childhood, until these last years.
- Patrimonio Cultural: Proyecto Explotación Rosario Sur I y II
Project Rosario Sur I and II of the Mining Company Doña Inés de Collahuasi, identified the presence of 27 sites with patrimonial value, all of historical character.
- Flowers of the Far North
Book about the flora of our regions I of Tarapacá, XV of Arica and Parinacota and II of Antofagasta.