15 Sights in Valparaíso, Chile (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Valparaíso, Chile. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 15 sights are available in Valparaíso, Chile.

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1. Gabriela Mistral

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Gabriela Mistral Anna Riwkin (1908-1970) / Public domain

Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, known by her pseudonym Gabriela Mistral, was a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and humanist. In 1945 she became the first Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world". Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother's love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Her portrait also appears on the 5,000 Chilean peso bank note.

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2. Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda Unknown (Mondadori Publishers) / Public domain

Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, better known by his pen name and, later, legal name Pablo Neruda, was a Chilean poet-diplomat and politician who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Neruda became known as a poet when he was 13 years old, and wrote in a variety of styles, including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems such as the ones in his collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924).

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3. Capilla del Carmen

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The Capilla del Carmen, also known as Capilla de la Medalla Milagrosa, is a chapel located on the lower flank of El Litre Hill, in El Almendral neighborhood of Valparaíso, Chile. Built in 1928, it was run by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, who provided care to patients of the adjacent Hospital Carlos Van Buren until March 2017. The chapel was declared as a National Monument of Chile on May 20, 2003, within the category of Historic Monuments.

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4. Plaza Sotomayor

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The Plaza Sotomayor is a plaza in Valparaíso, Chile. It is named after Rafael Sotomayor. The square is lined by buildings occupying full block-fronts of the streets that flank it. The focus of the square is the monument that honors the Chilean sailors who fell during the Battle of Iquique and the Battle of Punta Gruesa. The plaza and surrounding buildings was designated a Zona Típica on January 23, 1979.

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5. Plaza O'Higgins

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The O'Higgins square is a place located in the El Almendral neighborhood, in the plan of the city of Valparaíso, Chile, specifically next to the National Congress building. His good accessibility and amplitude make him a crowded place almost any hour of the day, being enjoyed especially by older adults who sit down to play Brisca and Chess.

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6. Palacio Astoreca

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Astoreca Palace is a building located on Happy Mountain in Valparaiso, Chile. It was built in 1923 in Victorian style as the residence of Francisco Petrinovic. After becoming home to several families, he became home to the Wide Beach University School of Arts and was a candidate for the National Council for Culture and the Arts.

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7. Iglesia San Francisco

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San Francisco Church is a Catholic church located in Barón Hill, Valparaíso, Chile. The church served as lighthouse to the navigants who were arriving Valparaíso until the early 20th century, being the first recognizable point of the city. Valparaíso is often nicknamed with the diminutive form of Francisco: Pancho.

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8. Isabel La Católica

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Isabella I was Queen of Castile from 1474 until her death in 1504, reigning over a dynastically unified Spain together with her husband, King Ferdinand II of Aragon. She was Queen of Aragon after Ferdinand II ascended to that throne in 1479. Together, Isabella and Ferdinand are known as the Catholic Monarchs.

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9. Ascensor Polanco

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The Polanco Lift is a passenger elevator located in Valparaíso, Chile. It consists of three stations and connects Simpson Street with Polanco Hill. This lift is the only "true" elevator in the city, as all others are technically funiculars. Today it is more visited by tourists than by the local residents.

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10. Arco Británico

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Arco Británico Beatrice Murch from Buenos Aires, Argentina / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Arco Británico is a monument on Avenida Brasil, in Valparaíso, Chile. It was donated to the town in 1910 by the British community there to mark the centenary of the Independence of Chile. Designed by the Chilean architect Alfredo Azancot, the arch was unveiled in 1911.

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11. Palacio Baburizza

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Palacio Baburizza is the former residence of Croatian businessman Pascual Baburizza located in Valparaíso, Chile. It was built in 1916 by Italian architects, and eventually turned into a museum in 1971, and declared a historic monument in 1976.

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12. Vicente Huidobro

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Vicente Huidobro Unknown authorUnknown author / Public domain

Vicente García-Huidobro Fernández was a Chilean poet born to an aristocratic family. He promoted the avant-garde literary movement in Chile and was the creator and greatest exponent of the literary movement called Creacionismo ("Creationism").

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13. Plaza de la Victoria

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Victoria Plaza, also called Plaza de la Victoria, is a place located in the El Almendral sector of the Plan of the City of Valparaíso, Chile, of patrimonial importance, which includes valuable statues and plant species.

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14. Juan Bautista Alberdi

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Juan Bautista Alberdi William George Helsby (1828-1891) [1] / Public domain

Juan Bautista Alberdi was an Argentine political theorist and diplomat. Although he lived most of his life in exile in Montevideo, Uruguay and in Chile, he influenced the content of the Constitution of Argentina of 1853.

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15. Ascensor Artilleria

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Ascensor Artilleria Javier Rubilar from Santiago, Chile / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Ascensor Artillería is one of the 16 funicular railways located in the Chilean city of Valparaíso. It links the "plan" of the city with the Artillería hill, and is privately owned. The line runs all year.

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