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Palacio Astoreca description and photos - Chile: Iquique. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Palacio Astoreca.
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, a boom began in the production of nitrate, used as fertilizer in agriculture and for the preparation of explosives. In the first decades of the twentieth century, the development and growth of the city of Iquique was mainly due to significant progress in the processing of saltpeter, which was exported to various countries in Europe. The large saltpeter producers united to build a house for their Georgian-style offices in Iquique - Astorek Palace.
Astorek Palace was built in 1904 by order of a successful merchant Don Juan Gigin Astorek as a business office. This project was implemented by two famous architects - Alberto Cruz-Mont and Miguel Retornano. Juan Gigin Astoreca died before the construction of the house was completed and his family moved to the city of Valparaiso. In 1909, his wife, Felicia Farm, sold the Astoreca Palace to the municipality of Iquique. Since then, there were no offices within the walls of this building until 1977. In 1994, Astorek Palace was declared a National Historic Landmark.
The building was constructed entirely of Oregon pine. The palace with an area of about 1,100 square meters has 27 offices, decorated in different styles, including: Art Nouveau, French Neo-Renaissance, Renaissance style, etc. The main facade of the building consists of three symmetrically located zones. The central part has a facade with a round arch, reminiscent of a "Dutch" roof.
The premises of the palace have 6 large salons, 2 conference rooms, guest rooms, Small and Large halls for exhibitions and events. Astorek Palace is under the patronage of the University. Arthur Prat. The building is an important cultural and exhibition center. The premises host various exhibitions, art and cultural events. The doors of the palace are always open for seminars, round tables, courses, conferences and presentations.
The Astorek Palace is an architectural gem that must be visited to admire the grandeur of a bygone era.
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