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.
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.