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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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At least on the front, unlike most of the walls and building on the waterfront in Valparaiso. Certainly the most beautiful at sea level! I post a couple of photos, one looking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

At least on the front, unlike most of the walls and building on the waterfront in Valparaiso. Certainly the most beautiful at sea level! I post a couple of photos, one looking down from the front of the Fine Arts Museum.

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San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

This building is a beautiful landmark na important part of town. There are very nice english-speaking sailors standing at the front door more than happy to answer your questions. Only complaint, from the front door looking inside you can see that this is a very beautiful building inside also. But, it's not open to the public. Certainly the Chilean Navy... More 

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Thank 7268
Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

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.

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Thank Michael M
Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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.

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Thank Robert F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 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.

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Thank Alice R
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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

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Thank Nalin W
Chicago
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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.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 358 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 

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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)

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