Castro

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Castro
Coat of arms
CountryChile
RegionLos Lagos
ProvinceChiloé
Founded asSantiago de Castro
Founded12 February 1567
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeNelson Águila Serpa (DC)
Area
 • Total427.5 km2 (165.1 sq mi)
Elevation
130 m (430 ft)
Population
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total41,667
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
 • Urban
29,148
 • Rural
10,218
Demonym(s)Castreño / a
Sex
 • Men19,325
 • Women20,041
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)
Area code(s)56 + 65
Websitewww.municastro.cl (in Spanish)

Castro is a Chilean city with 39.366 inhabitants (2002 census).

History[change | change source]

Castro was discovered by the Spanish conqueror Martín Ruiz de Gamboa on 1567.

Sights[change | change source]

Castro is well known for its palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses that are common on the Chiloé Island. Some of them are preserved in the west of the town in a bay named Fiordo de Castro.

In Gamboa, there is also an interesting wooden chapel.

Colourful palafitos in Castro
Wooden chapel in Gamboa

References[change | change source]

  1. "Municipality of Castro" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.

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