At present, these ruins will become part of the scenery of an international casino, which is now under construction in the surroundings and will have such ruins as the main attraction in the site.
Colorful Historic Neighborhood
The historic and lovely neighborhood also draws tourists to this site. It refers to a group of buildings declared as natural monument, which invites visitors to step back into the past and get a better understanding of what life was like during such years.
The salt dock was built in 1872 and was used to unload the train cargo and load the salt sent abroad.
Nowadays, the railroad track of the old, but well-preserved, train station allows watching cars full of huge copper plates heading for the new docks to be loaded and carried abroad.
The building of the former Customs House was built based on the treaty signed between Chile and Bolivia in 1866. Upon failure to fulfill this agreement, the conflict known as the War of the Pacific took place from 1879 to 1880.
At present, this building houses the Regional Museum, which may be visited all year round and displays different areas of the daily life of this Northern region.
The fishing station is another site attracting many visitors. It is located in the maritime port and tourists can buy products caught at sea or taste some specialty dishes prepared and cooked before their eyes.
From Columbus to Arturo Pratt
A highlight in this city is Colón Square. As you walk inside on various pedestrian paths, you can get a 360-degree view to watch all the surrounding buildings.
For the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the city, various foreign communities have donated a diversity of objects, mainly the Monument of the King and Queen of Spain, Kiosco de la Retreta (which may be visited) and an incredible English Big Ben clock tower declared National Monument in 1986.
Opposite the square, there is a diversity of cultural historic buildings with a significant presence, such as the Mayor’s Office, the local cathedral - a masterpiece of Gothic architecture-, the Post Office and the Municipal Theater. All of them with an incredible charm which, together with Paseo Arturo Pratt, the main street in the city, and a 7-kilometer-long promenade known as Paseo del Mar, bring life and movement to Antofagasta, a city with all the necessary ingredients to be chosen every time the compass points at Northern Chile as a destination.
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