Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso (2003)

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Chile 1998. Valparaiso University's 70th Anniversary Chile 1978. Valparaiso University's 50th anniversary.

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. 

In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that Valparaíso is an exceptional testimony to the early phase of globalisation in the late 19th century, when it became the leading merchant port on the sea routes of the Pacific coast of South America.

Other World Heritage Sites in Chile (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Chile-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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