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Cárcel Hill

Cárcel 674, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso

Description

Cerro Cárcel is one of the 42 hills of the city and is next to Cerro Panteón. Formerly known as Loma de Elías, until the beginning of the 20th century, in 1906 and until 1999, it changed its name to Cerro Cárcel because it housed the city's former public prison.

Today, only the facade of the old prison remains, because it has become the Ex Cárcel Cultural Center. It has large exhibition rooms where art collections, photos and sculptures are displayed. There is a park with food trucks and you can also visit the old powder magazine, the oldest structure in the city, built between 1807 and 1809, and which served to store the gunpowder of the army. The centre has a library and an ecological park.

Another of its attractions appears while walking in the middle of the streets of Cerro Cárcel, where you can find La Sebastiana, one of the three houses of Pablo Neruda, National Monument and it is named after the Spanish builder Sebastian Collado, who died before he could finish the house.


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