does one see in Valparaiso
? It's an easy question
What is difficult is knowing if one has time to see it
all, because in the squares, streets and port of this city of memories
that is a permanent inspiration to artists and bohemians, time is
the villain, robbing the traveler of precious hours for his pilgrimage.
Therefore, make sure you book for several days; perhaps you will
unwittingly retrace the steps of Pablo Neruda, the Nobel prizewinning
Chilean poet, who wended his way through Valparaiso's
winding streets on many occasions.
A good tour through Valparaiso
should include the
Cathedral Church of Valparaiso
The church was
finished in 1948, but the 1971 earthquake caused serious damage
to it, making reconstruction necessary; however, nature's fury shook
it again in 1985, inducing the repair of the belfry, using lighter
materials this time.
Later the front of the church was repaired, following the original design which showed marked Gothic influence. Within the building may be found an image of the Virgen del Carmen, carved out of a log, as well as an original painting by Moretto, a one-piece ivory Christ and a silver sacrarium, among other interesting items.