Los Heroes De La Guerra Del Pacifico

12 May

One of the pleasures when travelling in different countries, is photographing certain moments and times to cherish in later perusal of pictures that are taken, apart from the customary Selfies, I also like taking pictures of Statues or Monuments in foreign countries, these Statues or Monuments are obviously of great importance to the country, some are erected for moments of importance in the Country’s evolution, others are commemorating great achievements or great tragedy’s, some honour people who have made great impact in the formation of that particular Country. This particular Monument is found in Valparaiso Chile. The first picture was photographed in 2009, you will notice behind the monument, a vast number of tall buildings in the background, now in comparison, with the efforts of my Chilean Senorita Ana, she has discovered pictures of the same monument that dates back to the late 1800’s. In one of these pictures you will notice the ocean is right up to the shore behind the monument, with various ships laying at anchor off shore. This gives a good comparison as how far the sea had receded over 100 years from the coastline of Valparaiso, those buildings behind the photograph I have taken in 2009 are off multi story height. Even today that beautiful old harbour is not safe from Earthquakes or Tsunamis, the city of Valparaiso has Tsunami evacuation route signs throughout the city, since my first visit in 2009, the coastline was extremely damaged by a major Tsunami. Chile is a beautiful country to visit and live in, however one must remember that Mother Nature is continuously painting her Landscape, her mind can be fickle at any time.



The Arco Britanico (Spanish for British Arch) is a monument on Avenida Brasil, in Valparaíso, Chile. It was donated to the town in 1910 by the British community there to mark the centenary of the Independence of Chile. Designed by the Chilean architect Alfredo Azancot, the arch was unveiled in 1911.

The monument, covered in marble brought from Italy, is surmounted by a British Victorian lion and is decorated with the images of four Britons who participated in the Chilean War of Independence: Thomas Cochrane, Bernardo O’Higgins, Robert Simpson and Jorge O’Brien. It also bears the Chilean and United Kingdom coats of arms.

The arch was visited by Queen Elizabeth II during her official visit to Chile in 1968, and by Prince Charles in 2009.


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12 responses to “Los Heroes De La Guerra Del Pacifico

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    June 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Wonderful to see the then and now photo’s Ian and you were busy updating this blog while I was in Scotland.. which is why I missed them. 🙂 And one hopes such Tsunamis do not hit again xxx Much love your way Ian 🙂

    • aussieian2011

      June 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      I find it fascinating comparing photos from long ago, it shows changing styles, peoples, cars and architecture, a veritable timeline on man’s progress.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        June 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

        Yes, I love those comparisons too. And it makes me wonder what changes the next generations will witness??

        • aussieian2011

          June 11, 2017 at 8:55 am

          A shared enjoyment Sue, I have a post in production of exact pictures I was in over 40 years ago in Vietnam, and a friend has walked my path and taken the same pictures, very big change.

          • Sue Dreamwalker

            June 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm

            🙂 I will have to make sure i see those Ian.. As soon as I get caught up here I will be down on under 🙂

  2. prenin

    May 12, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Fascinating! 🙂

    So the world changes, regardless of the efforts of mankind… 🙂

    God Bless!!! 🙂


    • The Emu

      May 13, 2017 at 2:28 am

      Hi Prenin, our little piece of the Universe is always breathing and changing mate, those pics surprised me in how far the sea receded in over a hundred years, enough to build multi story buildings where it once met the shore.
      Cheers mate and best wishes for a great weekend.

  3. GP Cox

    May 12, 2017 at 11:23 am

    More great photos, Ian! You have an unending supply of terrific posts!!

    • The Emu

      May 13, 2017 at 2:44 am

      Thanks mate, great that you appreciate diversity in my posts, I like to change around otherwise they do tend to become monotonous sometimes, especially the Love Posts.

      • GP Cox

        May 13, 2017 at 9:40 am

        I try to be diverse, but it is a bit difficult being as I am on the same subject all the time. 🙂

        • aussieian2011

          May 13, 2017 at 9:57 am

          Your a specialist SP First class though gp, your posts are factual and historical, your posts need remembering, mine are purely for the imagination and amusement.

          • GP Cox

            May 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

            Your type posts are necessary for people to cope with mine, eh? [like humor helping to cope with military life?]


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