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Friday, September 9, 2011

Valparaiso

The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 reduced commerce to the thriving port of Valparaiso which went into a sudden decline.  Along with World War I all trade was nearly eliminated with  Great Britain and Germany which left Chile on its own.
Looking down the hill towards the ocean from the hills.

Pelican on the  Pacific Ocean

The new modern part of Valparaiso on the coast

One of the 45 steep hills each  a dense jumble of winding streets lined with colorful houses. 

Built in 1910, used for city mayors, presidential summer home, and regional  governors then home off the Chile's navy since 1970's.


Close up view of the port.

Gift from Swizterland

An original moai, one of the few on mainland Chile,  stands outside the Museum Franciso Fonck.


The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and much of its rich architecture is beautifully preserved.

1 comment:

The Scrappy Bee said...

what a great visit to this city. Looks like it is still very much alive for you.