Museo de los Combatientes del Morro de Arica' (Arica Cape Combatants Museum)
Discover the bloody history of the assault and capture of the Arica Cape of 1880.
Peruvians against Chileans.
A collection of war stories such as those contained in the 'Museo de los Combatientes del Morro de Arica' could only be placed in the home of the ‘Colonel Francisco Bolognesi’, where this military hero was born, named Grand Marshal of Peru and Coronel of his army. The Museum is dedicated to a particular fact which is the known assault and capture of the Arica Cape in 1880 between Peruvians and Chileans in a savage battle that left almost 500 dead Chileans and 700 Peruvians. The collection includes a cannon in the defence of the Arica Cape, military uniforms, photographs, pictures and personal belongings of Bolognesi and his family. The Museum also pays tribute to the 16 year-old soldier boy ‘Alfredo Maldonado Arias’, who cried 'I don't surrender', while he set fire to the Citadel fort's munitions dump, causing an explosion in which he died along with his fellow Peruvian countrymen, and the Chilean enemies who demanded him to surrender.