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Address: Plaza Sotomayor, Valparaiso, Chile
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This impressive "fortress" is one of Valparaiso's most...

This impressive "fortress" is one of Valparaiso's most architecturally awe-inspiring military buildings.

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A landmark in Valparaioso

Worth a visit to see this landmark close to the docks of>Valparaiso. Great for taking a few pics and getting a feel for this famous port city.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michael M

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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit to see this landmark close to the docks of >Valparaiso. Great for taking a few pics and getting a feel for this famous port city.

Thank Michael M
Greater London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I wonder why they built a naval facility so far from the sea? Spectacular building, and history. As with most buildings in Valpo a great view of the town and sea.

Thank Robert F
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274 reviews
167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We ended up here after our ascension ride, I was surprised and awestruck at the beautiful old building with many naval officers in uniform outside, giving it a prestigious air. Centrepiece to the surrounding Plaza, it stands out well from every direction, as does the Iquique monument. Wish I could have seen what it was like inside.

Thank Alice R
Sydney, Australia
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

seems the centerpiece of the old city, very attractive old building. Appropriate as Valpo really is an old navy town

Thank Nalin W
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51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Very cool building on the Plaza Sotomayor. Be careful walking in the Plaza, it looks like a big Plaza but there is traffic flowing through it.

Thank ChicagoSandraD
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This building is the headquarters to the Chilean Navy and the highlight of one of the oldest port cities in South America, Valparaiso. The Navy Building connects tourist to a historical city and the port operations that go on daily. I found it to be more than just a building. It was a link to a side of Chile that... More 

Thank Easylivingtravel
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

A bastion for the most right-wing elements of the Chilean Armed Forces. From this building orders were giving to kill and torture thousands of Chileans who opposed the 17 year dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

such a mix of building types .. this one stands out with the regal blue and the neo french design ( i think this is the design)

Thank DieReisiger
Mankato, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I was there during the week of New Years, and you can not go inside. The building outside is lovely, and I can imagine how wonderful it must have been during its heyday when it was built.

Thank savedade
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

An imposing and attractive building well located facing the Plaza Sotomayor and the port with an interesting history

Thank Richard K

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