History of Valparaíso

The city of Valparaiso was discovered in 1536 by the Spanish Juan de Saavedra, a member of the expedition to Chile, Of Don Diego de Almagro.

Don Juan de Saavedra discovered the valley of Quintil almost by accident, never imagining that with the passage of time would become the country’s largest and most important port. Valparaiso had a privileged geographical location, which is why in 1552 the governor of Chile commands build a port in the bay discovered by Saavedra.

Chile achieved its independence in 1810, were began to arrive in Valparaiso a large number of immigrants from Germany, England, France and the United States, which were attracted by the trade and new opportunities. The inmigrant begins to build large and elegant buildings, based on the architecture of their countries of origin. Due to the rapid growth of the city, they begun to populate the hills of Valparaiso, forming the 47 hills that we know today.

The port of Valparaiso is still the most emblematic of Chile, cargo ships arrive here from all over the world, as well as tourism cruises during the summer. Valparaiso is home to several institutions of great importance for the country such as the National Council of Culture and the Arts, the Commander in Chief of the Navy and the National Congress.

In 2003, Valparaíso was declared “Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO, where he not only recognized the historical value of the city in their buildings, but also the unique lifestyle of the “porteños “which has a stamp that differentiates it from the rest of the country.

Today the city of Valparaiso is a living force, which attracts tourists from all over the world, is a cosmopolitan city that charms all of its visitors, offering the best of the world.

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