Barrio El Almendral is a neighborhood in the UNESCO World Heritage listed port city of Valparaíso. It contains a couple of plazas, historic buildings, and churches. It’s in the seedier part of town and away from the touristy parts.
On the west end you will find Plaza Victoria. It’s a lively plaza with lots of children running around and a few street vendors. The church on the plaza is the Catedral de Valparaíso, a Gothic building constructed between 1910 and 1950.
On the southwest corner of the plaza are two colorful buildings. One of them is the Club Naval, an officer’s club formed in 1885. A block west of there on Condell is Palacio Lyon. It was built in 1887 and now houses the Museo de Historia Nacional de Valparaíso. I didn’t visit the museum due to time restraints.
To the east of Plaza Victoria, there really isn’t much of interest worth going out of your way for. I walked down Calle Independencia and visited the Iglesia de los Sagrados Corazones, which was built in 1874, and Parque Italia, which has a monument of the Capitoline Wolf. There are a few street vendors in the park and some benches to relax.
Finally, to the west of Parque Italia on Calle Pedro Montt is the old Teatro Imperio. It opened in 1922 and is a Chilean national heritage site.