Valdivia (map) is a city in Valdivia Province, Los Ríos Region, in southern Chile. The city covers 1,015 sq km (392 sq mi) and has a population of 141,000 (2011 estimate).
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More on ValdiviaValdivia was founded in 1552 as Santa María la Blanca de Valdivia. It was named after the Valdivia River, which in turn was named after the Governor of Chile, Pedro de Valdivia. When it was established, Valdivia was the southernmost town in the Spanish empire.
Valdivia was rocked by the Great Chilean Earthquake of 1960, which at 9.5 on the Moment magnitude scale, was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. The city was severely damaged. Even the surrounded landscape was altered by the force of the quake, even deepened some of its rivers.
Convent of the Capuchins, a National Monument in Valdivia
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Valdivia did not fully recover from the quake. Its economy and political status went into decline, and after the 1973 Chilean coup d'etat, saw itself eclipsed by a younger city, Puerto Montt, which was selected to be the regional capital.
Today Valdivia celebrates its Spanish heritage and colonial past, which was influenced by 19th century German immigration. The city is once again vibrant, with a number of fine museums and well-preserved historic buildings.
Visiting ValdiviaValdivia is about 3 hours by bus from Puerto Montt, and 12 hours from Santiago.
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