|UNESCO #959 - Historic Quarter of Valparaiso - CHILE|
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Valparaiso - CHILE - UNESCO #959
My third UNESCO site from Chile arrived today and it shows the historic city of Valparaiso, the favorite city of the postcrosser that sent it (she goes there often). Thank you very much for this beautiful card and for using stamps of Valparaiso (one of this days I must gain courage to scan all the stamps used in cards... some are awesome). Well as far as my collection goes, it's now 185 down, 796 to go. This postcard took 14 days to arrive!
The colonial city of Valparaíso presents an excellent example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America. In its natural amphitheatre-like setting, the city is characterized by a vernacular urban fabric adapted to the hillsides that are dotted with a great variety of church spires. It contrasts with the geometrical layout utilized in the plain. The city has well preserved its interesting early industrial infrastructures, such as the numerous ‘elevators’ on the steep hillsides.