At the top of Cerro Alegre you will find two things – Palacio Baburizza and amazing views of the UNESCO World Heritage listed port city of Valparaíso on Paseo Yugoslavo. Palacio Baburizza was built in 1916 for Italian saltpeter tycoon Ottorino Zanelli and bought by Croatian immigrant Pascual Baburizza in 1925. It’s interesting to walk around the perimeter of the house to admire some of the quirky design elements.
Palacio Baburizza has been a fine arts museum, Museo de Bellas Artes, since 1971. It underwent a total restoration that took 14 years, starting in 1997 with the museum finally reopening in 2011.
There weren’t too many interesting pieces in the museum but the house is pretty cool if you’re into architecture. If not, skip it, save money, and see it from the outside.
After checking out Palacio Baburizza, the views from Paseo Yugoslavo are excellent. You’re able to see the hills next door along with the port.
Behind Palacio Baburizza is another mansion, Palacio Astoreca. It’s now a boutique hotel. When you’re done admiring the views and the architecture, take Ascensor El Peral back down the hill. Ascensor El Peral opened in 1901.
At the bottom of Ascensor El Peral, there’s a big, narrow building that looks like a courthouse. It is, in fact, a courthouse. The Palacio de la Justicia was built in 1939 and features a very odd statue of Lady Justice in front. She is not blindfolded and her scale is hanging by her side. I wouldn’t feel confident walking into a courthouse with a statue like that.