it's nothing short of a miracle that such complex and antique constructions have survived not only the passage of time but also the wave of eartquakes and fires that ravaged the city more than once.Among these is the church of San Francisco,sitting a top the hill,El Baron.
Old legend has it that sailor honorably distinguished this church by giving it the name "the tower of Don Pancho" which then became affectionately known as "Pancho" throughout the city.
In the end,"Pancho"is known as such throughout the land...
Playa Las Docas is located 10 kilometers from Laguna Verde (located 15 kms south of Valparaiso). In total it would be about 150 kms from Santiago. The 10 km trip from Laguna Verde is on an unsealed windy road lined by pine trees. Apparently nearby there is a Hostel called Hosteria Las Docas.
It is a secluded beach. They say it is ok to go there and sun bathe but you shouldn't swim there due to dangerous rips.
The church started to built in 1897,Blinder brothers were responsible for the construction.1906 earthquake's which caused significant damage.
Inglesia Luterana Alemana is on the Cerro Conception,near to Plaza Anibal Pinto.
Abtao str.Cerro Conception
It inaugurated the year 1883,was the first one that was built in Valparaiso,and was characterized for functioning in their starts with a system of water that did the elevator themselves to move.Ancersor Conception takes you to the best viewed mirador in Valparaiso.
This housemuseum homage is yield to Renzo Pecchenino "Lucas",who was a great journalist and sketcher that know to express with its paintbrush and feather the identity and customs of the in habitants of Valparaiso.Original drawings are exhibited,besides being sell books and diverse souvenirs.
Paseo Atkinson,cerro Conception.
Inglesia La Matriz;
The time was the end of evening,and it was second day in Valparaiso,my soul still was somewhere in Istanbul,my body was trying to adopt to hot Chilean summer,therefore I just followed my dear friend's simple commands,such as go in,walk,stop,sit down properly,finish your lunch...jajajajaja..just stayed one or two minutes,and very quick shots..it's real pit stop:) She gived me very few information..just the name of church:) Inglesia la Matiz..and go in the car !!! jajajaja Mattita,saludos bambina:)
But thanks god.. we have tourismochile:)....."construction of the current building was started in 1842,when its appearance was quite primitive,but the origin of the church dates back to the year 1559,as it stands today,there have been few modifications since it construction.The 1906 earthquake made repairs essential,when the changes which can now be seen ,were effected.The towers which was originally 25 meters high,was lowered in 1620.It became a parish with the name of Nuestra Senora de Puerto Claro and in 1872 the name was changed to Matriz del Salvador del Mundo(tourismochile)"
Chile is traditionally Catholic nation,with an estimated 70% of Chileans belonging to that church,Jewish 1%,Atheist 9% and less than 0,1% other Orthodox or Muslim.
Before the unique churches of Valparaiso;I want to tell you something about Mapuche's spiritual themes.. i hope that you may understand of their spiritual beliefs before the Christianity(Christendom) in Chile.
As you know that in 1536,Don Diego de Almagra(SEEKING GOLD!!!!),in need of refuge for his troops sent Don Juan de Saavedra into the region known as the valley of Quintil.It was he was labeled throughout history as the founder and who Christened the bay with the name Valley of Paradiso(Valparaiso).
Anyone having a contact with Mapuche people,no matter how casual it may be,will easily notice the importance and presence the supernatural has over their lives,regardless of their degree of adhesion to any of the Christian churches found nowadays.
In general,the Mapuche(Indigenos)people,and very specially the Mapuche peasants,have a permanent contact with varied manifestations of the divinity throughout the day.They thank,they ask for permission or protection from "Ngunechen(The God of creation)" or other spirits,to carry out daily activities.
Everything connected with health and disease,according to the Mapuche conception,can only be understood and explained as a balance of power between the forces of good and evil.That is why anything regarding the "MACHI" (person chosen by a superior spirit to be doctor in the physical,spiritual or social dimension.) and his/her roles is so important.Even the most "urbanized" Mapuche individuals of families commend themselves to,and participate in,ceremonies presided over by the "Machi";this includes those who,in many cases,are no longer speakers of Mapudungun.
The "Ngillatun" (solemn community prayer ceremony,it takes place every two,four or six years) ceremony is performed in different places and under different circumstances,and it always attracts the devotion,and presence,of old people,adults and youth alike.All these practices and beliefs are the object of deep respect among the Mapuche,the same respect demanded from non Mapuche espectators who,more often than not,regard them as superstitions.
Ok?? now please follow me to see the Churceh of Valparaiso:)
Inglesia de San Francisco del Baron
Located in Baron Hill and it has fantastic shape of architecture..The first stone of the complex was laid in 1845 and completed into use in 1851,and Eduardo Provasoli was the architect.In 1983,fire partially destroyed the church but it was rebuilt and all its characteristics are well preserved,but it is still in a bad condition and needs to a real renovation..
Direction,Cerro Baron..you can see it every places of Valparaiso..
Iglesia de San Francisco
La Inglesia de San Francisco se encuentra en el Cerro Baron.En 1845,se coloco la primera piedra del conjunto franciscano;luego en 1851 se habilito la inglesia para luego,en 1890 se construyo el actual cuerpo de fachada por el arquitecto Eduardo Provasoli,siguiendo las lincas clasicas.
Constituye uno de los rasgos mas relevantes de la historia de Valparaiso,ya que sirvio de faro para los navegantes hasta comienzos del siglo XX,motivo por el cual la ciudad recibe el nombre de Pancho,Fue afectada por un violento incendio el 4 de febrero de 1983 y posteriormente reconstruida,conservando todas sus caracteristicas;con su torre de ladrillos,silueta caracteristica para el que se acerca al Puerto.Fue declarada Momumento Nacional el 18 de julio de 1983.
Horario de Misa
Lunes No Hay
Marter A Sabado 19.30 hrs
Templo Abierto De:
As you know or you may noticed the other VT's tips that Port of Valparaiso was the one of the most important export&import destination of South Pasific Ocean,till to Panama Canal.
Via the port of Valparaiso,Chile are exporting(export in 2007 66.43billion US$) copper,fruit,fish products,paper and pulp,chemicals and vine and importing(import in 2007 42 billion US$) petroleum and its products,natural gas,industrila machinery,etc.
Valparaiso port is still busy with commercial goods and the main destination of cruise tours.
Valparaiso has Latin America's oldest stock exchange,therefore Prat street or Commercial Quarter is the heart of money business.The Central Bank Bank of Chile,lost of major national and foreign banks headquarters are in this area.
It goes from the Sotomayor square to the Victoria sq.There are lots of stylish restaurants,cafes around here.
The principal access is the Artilleria ascencor,you may drive by car from Plaza Wheelwright.
It is open to public from tuesday to sunday.
opening hours; 10.ooam-17.30pm
address;Subida Artilleria s/u Playa Ancha21 de Mayo.
I saw these great murals when walking through Valparaiso at the beginning of Av. Brasil, just about 200 meters from Plaza Sotomayor. Murals might even be not the right expression for these great works of art, that are rather paintings by a great artist.
The Club Naval is one of the many lovely buildings with great architecture along Av. Brasil in a distance of maybe 400 meters from Plaza Sotomayor. Also that pink building next to it looks interesting with great architecture and details. Another good reason to walk instead of taking a taxi or bus when exploring Valparaiso.
This triumph arch reminded me a lot of the ones that I saw, built by the romans more than 2000 years ago. But this one in Valparaiso, at the end of Av. Brasil is just a bit older than 100 years and it is dedicated to the local heros, officers of the spanish army who were helping to gain the independance for the state of Chile : O'Higgins , O'Brian and Simpson
Chile is famous for its great wines and on the way from Santiago de Chile to Valparaiso you will pass by plenty of the vinyards along of the highways. At many of these vinyards you are able to taste the wine directely at the producers and take home some bottles, and tour-operators in Valparaiso and Santiago will offer such tours to these vinyards.
Read more about it on my web-link below !