Monday, April 15th, 2013

Chile’s – Barrio Patronato

This is an upscale commercial in the Metro Santiago area of Chile, famous for its large Arab community.

Walking through Barrio Patronato
Untranslated, but you can catch a lot anyway.

Source: Wikipedia

The neighborhood was turned into a commercial district with the arrival of Middle Eastern (Arab, Palestinian, Syrian, Lebanese) immigrants since late 19th century. In early 20th century there was a massive influx of Christian Palestinians and Lebanse fleeing the Ottoman Empire due to religious prosecution [sic], and later the economic situation and the outbreak of World War I.

The neighborhood is known as a shopping area for affordable, trendy clothes. It is also home to the Vega Central, or main marketplace for fresh fruits and vegetables. It is possible to find Arabic restaurants