Antofagasta, the largest city of the Norte Grande region, possesses a markedly European feel in its architecture and ambiance. The Barrio HistÚrico is home to many historic Victorian buildings, and the clock tower of the Plaza ColÚn is an exact replica of Big Ben. Visitors who want to learn more about Antofagasta and the Norte Grande can visit the Museo Regional -- in addition to its interesting exhibits on the history of the city and the mining industry, the museum holds a colorful collection of rock and mineral samples culled from the surrounding region. With 12 miles of beachfront and a mild, dry climate, Antofagasta has also developed as a year-round beach resort.
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