Patagonia, Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Houses in the Sea

The singular palafittes of Castro are one of the urban attractions in this seaside city.

Along with its churches, the architecture of Castro shows another typical expression of the island: the palafittes. These constructions, very well-known in the seaside areas, have their southernmost representative in ChiloÚ.

These houses are made of wood and larch tiles and they sit on a pier with thick stilts. They have two fašades, one facing the street, to which they are joint through a bridge, and another one facing the channel, which includes an upper terrace generally used as a yard, and a lower level that, according to the tide, is used for the typical fishing tasks. The barges waiting to go out in search for seafood and fish are moored in this sector.

Beyond their attractiveness, the colorful palafittes offer islanders a cozy home near the shore, safe and free of humidity, quite appropriate for those whose life revolves around the sea.

Not only Castro, but Ancud, Quemchi and Chonchi, amongst other ports, have adopted this way of using the coast during the commercial expansion of the XIXth century.

  • The urban attractions

    The urban attractions

  • Houses are made of wood and larch tiles

    Houses are made of wood and larch tiles

  • This is where the boats are moored

    This is where the boats are moored

  • Safe and free of humidity

    Safe and free of humidity

  • A clear expression of sea architecture

    A clear expression of sea architecture

To have a good sight of this picturesque hamlet, visitors should walk along Blanco Street up to the seafront and the port and head for the coastline in Pedro Montt and Aguirre Cerda Streets, where the palafittes are located. A clear expression of sea architecture.

Karina Jozami / Eduardo Epifanio

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