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Fuerte Reina María Luisa - Ruin Osorno - Chile

Manuel Olaguer Felui designed this fortress at the bend of the Río Rahue. Originally called Fuerte de San Luis, its name was later changed to Fuerte Reina María Luisa to honor the wife of Carlos IV. This fortification was to protect the future citizens who came to rebuild the city in 1794. It served as the residence of Gobernador Ambrosio O´Higgins (1796) and Juan MacKenna (1797-1808). After Chile’s independence in 1820, Fuerte Reina María Luisa was abandoned. Today all that remains is two towers, a stretch of wall and three cannons. Next door is an art gallery.


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