Casa de Isla Negra
Casa de Isla Negra was one of Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda....
's three houses in Chile
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. It is located at Isla Negra
Isla Negra is a coastal area in El Quisco commune in central Chile, some 45 km south of Valparaiso and 95 km west of Santiago.-Pablo Neruda:...
, El Quisco
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, San Antonio Province
San Antonio Province
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, Valparaíso Region
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about 85 km to the south of Valparaíso and 110 km to the west of Santiago. It was his favorite house and where he and his third wife, Matilde Urrutia
Matilde Urrutia was the third wife of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, from 1966 until his death in 1973. They met in Santiago in 1946. Urrutia was the inspiration behind Neruda's work 100 Love Sonnets which includes a beautiful dedication to her...
spent the majority of their time in Chile. Neruda, a lover of the sea and all things maritime, built the home to resemble a ship with low ceilings, creaking wood floors, and narrow passageways. A passionate collector, every room has a different collection of bottles, ship figurehead
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s, maps, ships in bottles, and an impressive array of shells, which are located in their own "Under the Sea" room.
Neruda and his wife Matilde Urrutia are buried there, with a clear view of their beach. In English, Isla Negra means "Black Island," which refers to a rock outcropping nearby, however Isla Negra is not, in fact, an island.
During the winter, the area is subject to heavy rains, which inspired Neruda to write his Oda a la Tormenta (Ode to the Storm). Isla Negra was also Neruda's inspiration for many other poems.
The house is now a museum, managed by the Pablo Neruda Foundation, and has become a popular tourist destination.