Cultural Park Valparaíso (Parque Cultural Ex-Cárcel)

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Cultural Park Valparaíso (Parque Cultural Ex-Cárcel) information

Location
Valparaíso , Chile
Address
Castro s/n
Cerro Cárcel
More information
www.excarcel.cl
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The prison that gave this hill its name was closed in 1999, but the crumbling remains of cellblocks and exercise yards, decorated with huge graffiti, functioned for years afterward as a grass-roots cultural center. Protests broke out after Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was chosen (and later released from his duties) to turn the space into a huge arts center. At the time of writing, the new Cultural Park Valparaíso , a recycled version of the original prison now complete with a theater and artists' workshops, was set to open in 2012. Reach it by walking up Subida Cumming.