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Culture of Valparaíso. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Valparaiso can offer a rich excursion program to its guests that will fit travelers of any age and with any taste. Plaza Sotomayor is the heart of the city. It’s a beautiful square surrounded by eye-catching buildings. In the center of the square, visitors will see Monument to the heroes of Iquique that is the ground part of the mausoleum. The monument has become a grave for courageous sailors who died during military actions. Connoisseurs of historic architecture will also find it incredibly interesting to explore the picturesque square. There is the eye-catching Building Maritime Command near the square. The elegant façade of this building is painted blue.
Valparaiso is a charming port city on the coast of Chile. The city’s name literally means “the Paradise valley” if translate it from Spanish. Numerous travelers know this city … Open
Town ascensores have also become a true landmark of the region. The building of funiculars started yet in 1883. In 1916, there were already 15 funiculars in action in Valparaiso. All of them keep working and are incredibly popular with tourists. Concepcion was the first funicular that started bringing people to the top of the hills that surround the city. Nowadays, many funiculars have their final stops near magnificent observation decks, from which travelers can admire the breathtaking views of the city.
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Mirador Diego Portales is one of the most attractive observation decks in the city. It is located right above the biggest market of the city. In order to reach the observation deck, tourists need to use the Baron funicular. From the top of the hill, they will be able to enjoy a truly mesmerizing view. There is an important religious landmark not far from the observation deck - Church of St. Francis that was constructed in the first half of the 19th century. The church is open on top of the hill, so it is perfectly visible from the seaside. In the past, sailors used the church for orientation purposes. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Funicular rides and relaxation on the picturesque coast of Valparaiso are not the only ways for travelers to make their vacation in the city more interesting and diversified. The coastal … Open
Interesting museums and galleries remain the main treasure of Valparaiso. Guests of the city should not forget to visit Lord Cochrane naval museum. The opening of this museum took place in 1842. This museum is named after Thomas Cochrane, a great Swiss sailor who was also the founder of the Chilean fleet. The museum is open in an incredibly beautiful colonial building. Having observed the exhibition, visitors of the museum can always admire the panorama of the city from a special observation deck.
The exhibition of Museum of naval history is also dedicated to the sea. A significant portion of the museum’s collection is dedicated to life and achievements of Arturo Prat. Museum of Naval History also exhibits a true gem – a very interesting exhibition dedicated the history and exploration of Cape Horn. Museo de Bellas Artes is another incredibly interesting museum that is open in a magnificent palace in the art nouveau style. The collection of this museum includes hundreds of priceless artworks, many of which belonged to rich people who owned the palace in the past.
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A vacation in Valparaiso would be incomplete without beach recreation. The choice of beautiful coastal areas suitable for sunbathing is simply gorgeous. Kintai Beach is one of the most … Open
In 1973, an unusual cultural center opened in Valparaiso - Museo a Cielo Abierto . This fantastic open-air museum was founded by students from the local Catholic university. They installed 20 colorful frescoes on one of the hills. These frescos made up the core of the museum’s exhibition. Espiritu Santo will take curious tourists right to the unusual museum. It is also important to mention other popular excursion destinations in Valparaiso, such as National congress. This building was constructed in 1990 and is widely known as one of the most stylish architectural landmarks of our time. There are a small square and a park area near the building.
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Culture guide to Valparaíso. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Valparaíso: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Valparaíso. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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