Long before it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Valparaíso had been recognized as an outstanding symbol of Chile's architectural heritage. Its fame is based on its iconic downtown buildings and the 40 steep hillsides upon which houses and mansions of many different styles have perched precariously over the bay for over three centuries.
The city's downtown (or "flat") area is home to stately examples of traditional local architecture that reflect the economic prosperity that the city enjoyed during the pre-Panama Canal era, when Valparaíso was a mandatory port of call for all ships sailing from Europe to the Americas.
|Viña del Mar||Valparaíso|
|Coastal Viña del Mar
||Pablo Neruda's Beach House
|Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción
|La Campana National Park
||Architectural Heritage in Viña del Mar
||The Architecture of Chile’s Main Port
|Elevators and Viewpoints