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Let there be no doubt, the Chilean Navy is "popular locally" and a seriously big deal in Valparaiso. Certainly a high point was in its role in helping to win the "War of the Pacific" in the 1880's when Chile decisively sent Peru and Bolivia...More
Navy Building at Plaza Sotomayor dominates the the plaza.
Upon entering Plaza Sotomayor, one immediately turns to the impressive architecture of the Navy Building.
Our visit is to the beautiful exterior.
It is fitting that the Navy Building commands the Chilean Navy.
This is a stunning facade, evidence of centuries past, and of glory past no present. A stunning site, overlooking the harbour from a couple of streets back, but uninterrupted views of the harbour in which navy vessels still await their next mission.
Nice building located in the modern Plaza Sotomayor, well kept facade, nice architecture, quite recent. The square has an underground parking and is the ideal place to start a city tour with the close by Peral lift.
Beautiful old building in the main square, but it has history. It used to be the town hall, apparently, but ws taken over by the Navy in 1973, at the very start of the Military Coup. It seems that they have forgotten to return it...More