Moggia house . Building built in 1915 by the architect Giuseppe Zara Manfredini, located in the city of Santiago . Today it is a Cultural Center dedicated to spreading the identity and heritage of India .
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Located at Avenida España No. 701, Domeyko corner, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region , Chile .
Casa Moggia was built on behalf of Don Giovanni Battista Moggia Solari (alias Juan Bautista Moggia), an Italian born in 1865 , who arrived in Chile when he was only 14 years old. He initially settled in Valparaíso , where he worked for his uncles, the Solari brothers. Over time, already a wealthy merchant, he settled in Santiago at the beginning of the 20th century , where he set up a refinery, a leather salting workshop, and a candle and soap factory in the Franklin neighborhood, among other businesses. .
With a consolidated fortune, he acquired the land at Avenida España 701, and commissioned the architect, also Italian, Giuseppe Zara Manfredini, to build his new home. The work was completed in 1916, and Zara, influenced by the “belle epoque” of Santiago, erected an eclectic four-story building, a mixture of French neoclassical and art nouveau.
Moggia lived in the palace until 1926 , then it passed to other owners. Also, it suffered a fire , leaving the construction in very poor condition.
Later, the building was acquired by Sergio Nandwani Vaswani, an important investor of Indian origin based in Chile, who restored it and reopened it as the Hindustán Palace.
The remodeling of the building was carried out by the architect Waldo González Poblete, who respected the original style of the façade, but its interior was transformed with elements of Hindu culture .
Within its architectural features, the palace maintains the French neoclassical style of the early twentieth century , mixed with elements of Hindu culture such as furniture , decoration and tapestries, all brought from India . However, it still retains the essence and elegance in each of its precious spaces. On the 4th level of the Hindustan Palace, the dome was intervened with a fresco that represents the images of the gods Shiva , Ganesh and Lakshmi Ointadis.
It is a cultural center dedicated to spreading the identity and heritage of India. Inside the building, the fact that each floor is dedicated to a religion professed in India stands out: Hinduism , Buddhism , Catholicism and the Sikh faith, statues of different deities, models of the Taj Mahal and the Hawa Mahal. In addition, a restaurant , a cafeteria , a shop, a terrace for events, spaces for meditation , a library , rooms for yoga , dance , Indian music and massages .