- 1 hour (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Pablo Neruda asked his friends Sara Vial and Marie Martner in 1959 to find in Valparaiso a little house to live and write quietly, but under the following conditions: It can’t be located too high or too low. It should be solitary but not in excess. With preferably invisible neighbors, they shouldn’t be seen or heard. Original, but not uncomfortable. With many wings, but strong. Neither too big or too small. Far from everything but close to transportation. Independent, but close to the commerce. Besides that it had to be very cheap. After a long survey, they found the main frame of a mansion located on the Florida Hill. It was built by the Spaniard Sebastian Collao, who assigned the whole third floor of the building as a bird cage. Don Sebastian died in 1949 and the unfinished house full of stairs was abandoned then for many years.
- Audio-guided tour available in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese
- Entry/Admission - La Sebastiana
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
March to December: Tuesday to Sunday 10:10 am to 6:00 pm January and February: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 7 pm Monday closed
Visit: La Sebastiana, Valparaiso, Valparaiso Region
he poet went to see the building. He liked, among other things, the silly way it was constructed, but he found it too big, so the house was bought between Neruda and the sculptor Marie Martner and her husband, Dr. Francisco Velasco. The last ones kept the basement, backyard and the two lower floors, while Neruda took possession of the third and fourth floors and the tower. “I loose - he use to say joking- I bought just stairs and the terraces”. The truth is that he had a privileged view over the bay.
The poet took three years to finish with the construction and the interior design of the house. He decorated the house with old pictures of the port and a great portrait of Walt Whitman.
Some of the windows of the house were done like ship’s skylights. The largest terrace was converted in a dinning room. From there he could hear the resounding bands of the movies at the Mauri Teather, located next to the house.
The house was inaugurated with a memorable party on September 18th, 1961.Each person invited was included in a “list for unforgettable merits” which showed the help each one contributed to transform that abandoned frame into “The Sebastiana”, as Neruda named it in honor to its first owner and constructor. For that occasion Neruda wrote the poem “La Sebastiana” which was later included in the book "Full Empowerment".
In the house are preserved collections of old maps, of marines and other paintings, among them a portrait of Lord Cochrane and an oleo that shows Jose Miguel Carrera just before being executed. There are many other relics from the port and curious pieces, like music boxes and an old merry-go-round horse, carved in wood.
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- Not wheelchair accessible
- Visitors are received on a first-come, first-served basis
- Stroller accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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