Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.238.
Entitled – Valparaiso. General view of the City.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Valparaiso. – The journey from the Argentine capital to this, the chief seaport town of Chili, can be accomplished in thirteen days by one of the steamers of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company, passing through the Straits of Magellan; it is far more convenient, however, to travel over the system of the new Transandline Railway, whereby one reaches Valparaiso from Buenos Ayres in three and a half days.
The Bay of Valparaiso is of semi-circular form, and is capable of accommodating a very large fleet.
It is well sheltered on three sides, but is entirely open towards the north; consequently, during the prevalence of winds from this quarter during the winter months, accompanied by a heavy rolling sea, the shipping suffers a great deal.
The town has a very picturesque situation.
The part properly called the Port is built on the lower slopes of a range of lofty heights, which encircle the bay, and also on a narrow beach widened here and there by deep cuttings into these steep acclivities.
The Almendral, formerly a rural suburb, is now the most populous part of the town.
Here the base of the hills is farther removed from the sea than it is in the western part, or Port; and the intervening space, being quite level, forms excellent building ground.
There are some fine houses and gardens in the vicinity.
The new-comer to this fortified city and important Pacific port will be very much surprised on noticing the imposing proportions and great number of fine buildings – the huge Custom House and market-houses, the Masonic temples, police barracks, prisons, Government House, public warehouses, post-office, city hall, exchange, convents, schools, fine churches, hospitals, and spacious theatres.
In the schools of Valparaiso, by the way, the English language is considered an essential branch of education.
Most of the hotels and cafes are kept by Frenchmen; and we should mention that foreigners constitute a large and most important proportion of the population, which now numbers about 150,000 souls.
The mean temperature at Valparaiso corresponds to that of Naples.
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