A rainbow assortment of palafitos (wooden houses on stilts) are the unofficial calling card of Castro, the capital city of Chiloé Island. Once home to thousands of farmers and a target for European pirates, Castro was established in the 16th century and is Chilé’s third-oldest city. Highights here are the astonishing wooden church, an impressive contemporary art museum and the charming wharf in the Gamboa district.
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Made entirely of wood, this striking church was designed by an Italian architect in a blend of Neo-Gothic and classic design.
Amazing architectural and artistic work. The structure, columns and most of the details are made of carved wood. That is interesting, unique, but it was not what got my attention. What I found most interesting and have not seen a single mention anywhere, was that the external surface of the church is made of hammered sheet metal imitating stones.
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It's a great vista alround, with photo opportunities galore. It's an absolutely beautiful estuary, with fishing boats, birds and weather in abundance.
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Museo de arte contemporáneo, alrededores naturales y construcción tradicional en madera. Muestras principales entre enero y marzo (verano sudamérica)
The museum is a considerable distance outside the centre of town - I think I walked it in about half an hour each way, being in need of exercise and too cheap to use a taxi. It's quite sprawling but not enormous and depending on how long you like to look at things, you could well see everything in half an hour or an hour. I enjoyed the works on display though and the price was certainly right - it was free, although they do accept donations.
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This library is charming. It has gorgeous views of the palafitos across the bay. It is warmed by three wood stoves and has a wonderfully gracious staff.
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