Sotomayor Square

Sotomayor Square

Information about Sotomayor Square

Direccion: Prat, Valparaiso - See on the Map

Plaza Sotomayor is located in the city of Valparaíso, is one of the mandatory stops when visiting Valparaiso.

At the moment it is also constituted as an important archaeological center, since in its subsoil are located the remains of the first fiscal dock of the port built with the remains of the frigate Esmeralda captured by Thomas Cochrane to the Spanish army.

Originally called Plaza de la Aduana, then its name changed to Plaza del Palacio, until it got its current name in honor of Rafael Sotomayor, an important minister of the 19th century.

In the center of the square is the Monument to the heroes of Iquique, dedicated to the martyrs who participated in the Naval Combat of Iquique and Punta Gruesa freed between the Chilean ships Esmeralda and Covadonga against Peruvians Huáscar and Independencia on May 21 of 1879. Below the monument there is a mausoleum where the remains of the fallen and Chilean survivors of the battle rest.

In the eastern sector of the square is the Command of the Fire Department of Valparaíso, the first in the country, in addition to two of the three oldest companies of the same, the First Company "Bomba Americana" and the Second Company "Bomba Germania" .

You can know Sotomayor Square in the following excursions

VALPARAISO AND VINA DEL MAR TOUR

We ll start the tour from Santiago straight to the pacific ocean in a 120 kms trip, from your hotel.
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