Chile’s architecture has constantly been changing since the arrival of the Spaniards. Due to different technological advances, new and more modern buildings are now part of the national landscape, but they are a few, that despite everything, have survive to the passing of time. Big constructions that charm with their unique designs, which are inspired by the great european castles. Some of them are already landmarks of the cities, while others still hide among unknown paths.
One of the most famous in the country, and an icon of Viña del Mar. This castle located in Cerro Castillo began its construction in 1923. Inspired by French architecture, it was in the hands of the architects Alfredo Azancot and Jorge Schroeder, as a request from Rafael Brunet. Built with stones brought directly from France, its towers, gargoyle, traceries and stained glass window recall medieval constructions. A fun fact of this building is that all the rooms are connected through secret passageways.
Located on the coast of Viña del Mar, it has become one of the post pictured landmarks of everyone who visits the city. Although it was built between the years 1905 and 1906, the changes that it suffered during 1920 and 1946 are what made the castle the one that we know today. This two-floor building of a german-french style, was inspired by an old mansion located in Liechtenstein, which base was made of stones and wood. It has two big towers that allow a wide view of the Pacific Ocean. It is currently used as the headquarters for the Viña del Mar Municipality’s Heritage Unit, and a gallery for exhibitions.
Located on top of the Santa Lucía hill, it was built more than two centuries ago, in 1816 as a defense mechanism of the city. Its construction was commanded by the governor Casimiro Marcó del Pont. Since 1974, it was used as a museum dedicated to the indigenous culture of our country. With the passing of time the castle was soon forgotten, that is until 1997, a year in which different improvements were made to the building, and it is now one of the most popular venues in the country, which holds different events throughout the year.
Located just a few minutes away from Santiago downtown, in the Pirque commune, this castle has been part of its landscape since 1907, when Francisco Subercaseaux Vicuña’s children requested its construction to the architect Alberto Cruz Montt, as a gift to their father. This building was inspired by a french-renaissance style. It has a total of 20 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a great hall, a dining room and a prayer room, along with more than 7 hectares of parks. Just like other buildings of its kind, it is currently use as a venue for events, talks and courses.
A mysterious and unique castle hidden in the O’Higgins Region. This place is a time machine that makes us experience the Medieval Europe, although it’s probably one of the most recently built from this list. Even though its owner has decided not to massively spread its existence, tours and events are currently held for those interested in living a medieval experience. Bagpipes, damsels, warriors, knights and music are only a few of the elements that bring this place to life, and that allow visitors to feel like they were in the year 1.200 A.C.
Located in Peralillo, this castle also has clear aspects of medieval architecture. Built at the beginning of the XXth century, this building has a total of 20 bedroom. According to those who live near, it was built by just one man, and it took him 20 years to complete it. Contrary to the other castles on this list, the Lihueimo Castle is currently inhabited, but it is possible to get close to the building and take pictures, as long as you have the previous authorization of the owners.
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