22 Mar 2013
Two of the most emblematic buildings of Chile's principal port have been recently restored and can be visited during one of Valparaiso's regular heritage tours.
The Palacio Astoreca on Cerro Alegre has been converted into an exclusive hotel, with one of the best views of the bay of Valparaíso, and the Palacio Baburizza has had its interior completely restored and has been made open to the public as the Museo de Bellas Artes de Valparaíso (The Valparaíso Museum of Fine Art).
The Palacio Astoreca was built in the Victorian style, complete with elaborate touches and an abundance of ornamentation. It was built in the beginning of the early 20th Century on the order of Francisco Petrinovic. This new boutique hotel is neighbored by the Palacio Baburizza, in Paseo Yugoeslavo, in front of Plaza Joaquín Edwards Bello. It is perfectly situated for viewing the port and the surrounding hills.
The owners of the Palacio Astoreca say that more than just being a boutique hotel, the idea is to offer the experience of living in a heritage site. History breathes within its walls, yet it has a contemporary feel. There is a library with literature in English and French, the Alegre restaurant, which is run by a Spanish chef, and a wine cellar with more than 700 bottles of wine.
The Palacio Baburizza is one of the most singular buildings on Cerro Alegre. The style of the house in influenced by Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Viennese Secession architecture, of which there are very few examples in the world. Some features, such as the doors which show significant artistic detail, give account of the excellent craftsmen who participated in the construction of the palace.
Photo: Turismo Chile
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