Timeless Nostalgia

17 Jul


One of pleasures of sightseeing in foreign countries is photographing places and scenes of cultural interest , mainly as a record of your adventures and to share with friends and family.

Whilst in Valparaiso Chile I took many pics and in the rush of a tourists delight tend to not have time to actually research the particular background of the photographed subject.

Now perusing my collection I have time to research and appreciate my pics a lot more.

I share with you these pics of the Plaza del la Victoria as taken by me in 2009,thanks to Ana’s help she was able to locate pics of the same monument taken well over a hundred years ago. It is interesting to view the scenes and see the changes in the background as decades passed and the city evolved.

Hope you enjoy and wishing you all well.

Aussie Emu

Plaza del la Victoria

This square, which used to be named Plaza De Orrego, has been a public space for more than 200 years, with avenues of tall, leafy trees.

It is located in the heart of the city and has been the scene of the most varied activities. Today, it contains a beautiful wrought-iron fountain, made in France, in the center of which there are statues of a satyr and three female figures.

Round the four sides of the square are four statues of women representing Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, as well as two lions which came from the Victoria Theater, which stood on the square until it collapsed completely in the earthquake of 1906.

The community who live in the city center consider a walk round the square almost as an obligation; its is a meeting point for street artists and occasional exhibitions take place.
It was given its present name on Wednesday, May 10th 1922, on the occasion of the visit of General Enrico Caviglia of Italy, victor of Venetto, who was given a particularly warm welcome by the numerous residents of Valparaíso of Italian descent.

This park was re-inaugurated by the present mayor of the city on June 6th 2000, after a restoration program.


Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


10 responses to “Timeless Nostalgia

  1. Sabina Brave

    July 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Beautiful place 🙂

    • The Emu

      July 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Sabina , certainly was a beautiful place for me to visit and photograph

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    July 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    A beautiful Square Emu, and love looking at the old and new. Amazing how often we just do not see that which is right under our very noses..
    Looking around my town the other week when the square was cleared of market stalls in preparation for a stage to be built for performing School plays to use for a festival. You often do not see the Town in its glory.. Here is a picture in one Summer Festival some years ago..
    Mansfield town center

    Sue 🙂

    • The Emu

      July 21, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Thats a great pic Sue, a very picturesque display, love the buildings in the background.
      We build monuments to last centuries and the buildings change yet retain the original splendour of the location, thanks for showing me that pic Sue

  3. wonkywizard

    July 19, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful. Haven’t been there yet, but will keep that destination in mind.Thanks.

    • The Emu

      July 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment my friend,Valparaiso Chile is a beautiful city and is so full of the ambience of the days of long ago when foreign countries were first starting to open their ports to the Western world, it is a writers paradise, the isle of Juan Fernandez lies off the coast and is more commonly known as Treasure Island of Robert Louis Stevenson fame,I hope to return before this year is out and enjoy my love of travel and exploration.
      I wish you well and hope all is well in your life
      Aussie Emu

  4. prenin

    July 18, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Good pictures Ian and a very interesting mix of past and present! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      July 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thanks mate , a bit of a different blog but interesting

  5. Angel O'Fire

    July 18, 2012 at 1:56 am

    amazing the hidden history that lurks beneath the very things we walk past daily often with our eyes closed, rushing to get our jobs done, not stopping to smell the flowers or to remember just what value lies right in front of our eyes. ((hugs)) love the way you have and always do stop to smell those flowers and remind us how precious things are in life the memories they hold right in our own back yards.

    • The Emu

      July 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Hi Sherlock, hope all is well up your way and Joshy is giving you hell
      All quiet down here on the western front, thinking of travelling again soon.
      Big excitement in our town recently , a Big W opened up, was so excited I wet meself
      Cheers and smile


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