33 Sights in Montevideo, Uruguay (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Montevideo, Uruguay. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 33 sights are available in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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1. Puerta de la Ciudadela

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Puerta de la Ciudadela is one of the few remaining parts of the wall that surrounded the oldest part of the city of Montevideo, the citadel, which was torn down in 1829.This drawbridge over a moat was built in 1745 as the only entrance to the city. It is located by Plaza Independencia, in Ciudad Vieja.

Wikipedia: Gateway of the Citadel (EN)

2. Palacio Salvo

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Palacio Salvo is a building at the intersection of 18 de Julio Avenue and Plaza Independencia in Montevideo, Uruguay. It was designed by the architect Mario Palanti, an Italian immigrant living in Buenos Aires, who used a similar design for his Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Finished in 1928, Palacio Salvo stands 100 m (330 ft) high with the antenna included. It was the tallest building in Latin America for a brief period.

Wikipedia: Palacio Salvo (EN)

3. José Martí

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José Martí

José Julián Martí Pérez was a Cuban nationalist, poet, philosopher, essayist, journalist, translator, professor, and publisher, who is considered a Cuban national hero because of his role in the liberation of his country from Spain. He was also an important figure in Latin American literature. He was very politically active and is considered an important philosopher and political theorist. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol of Cuba's bid for independence from the Spanish Empire in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence". From adolescence on, he dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual independence for all Spanish Americans; his death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain by both the Cuban revolutionaries and those Cubans previously reluctant to start a revolt.

Wikipedia: José Martí (EN)

4. Obelisco a los Constituyentes de 1830

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The Obelisk of Montevideo, officially Obelisk to the Constituents of 1830 is a monument created by sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín (1891-1975). It is a three-sided obelisk made of granite, 40 metres (130 ft) tall with three bronze statues on its sides, representing "Law", "Liberty" and "Force". It has a hexagonal water fountain around it with six spheres on its outer circumference. It is located at the intersection of 18 de Julio and Artigas Boulevard avenues, in Montevideo, at the entrance of the Parque Batlle area. It was built in 1930 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Constitution of Uruguay and is an homage to the participants of the General Assembly of the first Constitution.

Wikipedia: Obelisk of Montevideo (EN), Website

5. Cerro de Montevideo

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Cerro de Montevideo is a hill located next to the city of Montevideo and the coast of Montevideo Bay, Uruguay. With an altitude of 132 m above sea level, it was the place chosen by the Spanish military officer Bruno Mauricio de Zabala for the installation of a surveillance post of the port of Montevideo against maritime invasions. In 1802 a lighthouse was inaugurated on its summit to guide sailors entering the port. In 1809 the construction of the General Artigas Fortress began for the protection of the lighthouse which was completed in 1811, in 1939 after a building restoration it ceased to function as a military fortress to become the General Artigas Museum.

Wikipedia: Cerro de Montevideo (ES)

6. Fortaleza General Artigas

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Fortaleza General Artigas

The Fortaleza del Cerro, also known as Fortaleza General Artigas, is a fortress situated in Montevideo, Uruguay overlooking the Bay of Montevideo. It belongs to the barrio of Casabó, at the west of Villa del Cerro. It holds a dominant position on the highest hill of the department of Montevideo with an altitude of 134 meters above sea level, on the opposite side of the bay. Its function was to defend the population of Montevideo and its port, on the río de la Plata. Governor Francisco Javier de Elío ordered construction in 1809 and it was completed in 1839; this was the last Spanish fort built in Uruguay. It has housed the Military Museum since 1916.

Wikipedia: Fortaleza del Cerro (EN)

7. Museo Casa Villamajó

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The Vilamajó House Museum is located in the house that the architect Julio Vilamajó built for his family in 1930 in Montevideo, being the first modern dwelling to open its doors as a museum house in Uruguay. The Vilamajó House Museum is the materialization of an initiative of the School of Architecture at the University of the Republic which, in agreement with the Ministry of Education and Culture, owner of the property, opened its doors to the public in May 2012. The museum has been envisaged as a research and promotion center addressing the life and work of Vilamajó and of architecture and design as disciplines open to the society.

Wikipedia: Vilamajó House Museum (EN), Website

8. Museo Torres García

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The Museo Torres García is located in the historic Ciudad Vieja of Montevideo where unusual portraits of historical icons and cubist paintings akin to Picasso's paintings, painted by Joaquín Torres García are exhibited. The museum was established by Manolita Piña Torres, the widow of Torres Garcia after his death in 1949 who also set up the García Torres Foundation, a private non-profit organization which organizes the paintings, drawings, original writings, archives, objects and furniture designed by the painter as well as the photographs, magazines and publications related to him.

Wikipedia: Museo Torres García (EN), Website

9. Zoológico Villa Dolores

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The Villa Dolores Zoo, officially called the Pereira Rossell Park Municipal Zoological Garden, was a zoological park more than a century old located in the Villa Dolores neighborhood of the Uruguayan capital, the city of Montevideo. In an area of 7 hectares, it housed about 550 animals, both Uruguayan fauna and other origins, surrounded by gardens with about 650 trees and shrubs. During its first century, it was visited by a total of 61 million people. Adjacent to it, and on the same premises, is the Germán Barbato Municipal Surveyor Planetarium, inaugurated on February 11, 1955.

Wikipedia: Zoológico Villa Dolores (ES), Website

10. Faro de Punta Carretas

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Punta Brava Lighthouse, also known as Punta Carretas Lighthouse, is a lighthouse in Punta Carretas, Montevideo, Uruguay. It was erected in 1876. The lighthouse has a height of 21 metres and its light reaches 15 nautical miles away, with a flash every ten seconds. In 1962, the lighthouse became electric. The lighthouse is important for guiding boats into the Banco Inglés, Buceo Port or the entrance of the Santa Lucía River, west of Montevideo city.

Wikipedia: Punta Brava Lighthouse (EN)

11. Memorial a los Detenidos Desaparecidos

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The Memorial in Remembrance of the Disappeared Detainees, also called the Memorial of the Disappeared, is a memorial dedicated to the Disappeared Detainees of Uruguay. Located in the Carlos Vaz Ferreira Park, on the southern slope of the Cerro de Montevideo, it is integrated in its central part by two glass walls where 174 names are inscribed, supported by a geometric cement structure that allows you to see, on the side, the natural rock.

Wikipedia: Memorial en Recordación de los Detenidos Desaparecidos (ES)

12. Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

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The National Museum of Natural History in Montevideo is a natural history museum in Uruguay. It opened in 1838, and is the oldest scientific institution in Uruguay and one of the oldest natural history collections in the world. The museum's first permanent exhibition space is at Miguelete 1825—the former Miguelete Prison—and the scientific collections, library and administrative offices are at Calle 25 de Mayo 582 in the Old City.

Wikipedia: National Museum of Natural History, Uruguay (EN), Website

13. Observatorio del Instituto de Profesores Artigas

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The Astronomical Observatory of the Artigas Teachers Institute is located in La Aguada, Montevideo, Uruguay, at the top of the building of the Artigas Teachers Institute (IPA), an institution belonging to the Education Training Council, where teachers of all subjects of the secondary school curriculum in Uruguay are trained. This Observatory is the only one present in the network of Teacher Training Institutes in the country.

Wikipedia: Observatorio del Instituto de Profesores Artigas (ES)

14. Monumento al Gaucho

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The Monument to the Gaucho is a bronze equestrian sculpture on a pink granite pedestal, made by the Uruguayan sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín between 1922 and 1927. The statue is located on 18 de Julio Avenue in front of the Municipal Palace, in the heart of the city of Montevideo, and was declared a Historical Monument by decree of the Uruguayan Executive Power on September 8, 1976.

Wikipedia: Monumento al Gaucho (ES)

15. Teatro de Verano Ramón Collazo

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The Ramón Collazo Summer Theatre is one of the most important entertainment centres in the city of Montevideo, both for its privileged location and for its environment and characteristic architecture. It has more than 75 years of existence and has hosted both national and international shows, as well as being the stage on which the official Uruguayan carnival contest is held.

Wikipedia: Teatro de Verano Ramón Collazo (ES)

16. Plaza de los Treinta Y Tres

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The Plaza de los Treinta y Tres is a park located in the Cordón neighborhood of Montevideo. Popularly known as 'Plaza de los Bomberos', it owes its name to the fact that in front of it is located the Centennial Fire Station. It is one of the busiest green spaces in the area, surrounded by Magallanes, Minas, Colonia and Avenida 18 de Julio streets, in the Cordon neighborhood.

Wikipedia: Plaza de los Treinta y Tres (ES)

17. Iglesia Evangélica Armenia

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The Armenian Evangelical Church is an Armenian Evangelical temple in the neighbourhood of Brazo Oriental, Montevideo. It constitutes the headquarters of this Church for Uruguay, the institution being a member of the Federation of the Evangelical Churches of Uruguay, which is affiliated with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches.

Wikipedia: Iglesia Evangélica Armenia, Montevideo (EN)

18. Centro de Campo de Fútbol de los Pocitos

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Centro de Campo de Fútbol de los Pocitos

Estadio Pocitos was a multi-use stadium located in the Pocitos district of Montevideo, Uruguay. The stadium, owned by C.A. Peñarol, was mainly used for football matches from 1921 to 1933. It was demolished later in the 1930s when Peñarol started to play in the Estadio Centenario as its home field, and additionally due to the increasing urbanisation of Montevideo.

Wikipedia: Estadio Pocitos (EN)

19. Casa Quinta de Luis Alberto de Herrera

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Museo de la Casa de Luis Alberto de Herrera (translation: House Museum of Luis Alberto de Herrera) is a museum in the Brazo Oriental barrio of Montevideo, Uruguay. The street in which the house is situated, somewhat set back from the road, is now known as Avenida Dr. Luis Alberto de Herrera. It is surrounded by a park designed by landscape architect Charles Racine.

Wikipedia: Museo de la Casa de Luis Alberto de Herrera (EN)

20. Cannabis Museum

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Cannabis Museum

The Montevideo Cannabis Museum opened in December 2016, inspired by the legalization of cannabis in Uruguay in 2013. Some of the collection came from the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam. And some of it came from Hempstead Project Heart in San Rafael, California, an organization dedicated to the legalization of hemp in the United States.

Wikipedia: Montevideo Cannabis Museum (EN), Website

21. Mausoleo a José Gervasio Artigas

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The Artigas Mausoleum is a monument to Uruguayan hero José Artigas, located in Plaza Independencia, in the neighbourhood of Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo. It opened in 1977. Artigas's remains are kept in an underground room underneath the statue. The monument is guarded by two traditional guards called "Blandengues de Artigas".

Wikipedia: Artigas Mausoleum (EN)

22. Museo de las Telecomunicaciones

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The Telecommunications Museum is a thematic museum located in the Torre de las Communicaciones de A.N.T.E.L, located on Paraguay Street Guatemala corner, in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. Its purpose is to show the facts and elements that gave rise to the evolution of telecommunications in the country and in the world.

Wikipedia: Museo de las Telecomunicaciones (Uruguay) (ES)

23. Government House Museum

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The Government House Museum is a museum dedicated to the history of Uruguay's heads of state and their respective governments, its collection preserves much of the country's democratic history. It is located inside the Estévez Palace, Uruguay's historic government house.

Wikipedia: Museo de la Casa de Gobierno (ES)

24. Museos del Gaucho y de la Moneda

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The Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda is a Uruguayan-language museum dedicated to the cultural and historical rescue of the country. This institution was created at the initiative of the Board of Directors of the Bank of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

Wikipedia: Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda (ES), Website

25. Monumento a José Pedro Varela

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Monumento a José Pedro Varela

The José Pedro Varela Monument is located in Montevideo, Uruguay. It is a tribute to the reformer of education in Uruguayan public schools. It was designed by the Spanish sculptor Miguel Blay (1866-1914) and inaugurated on December 14, 1918.

Wikipedia: Monumento a José Pedro Varela (ES)

26. Palacio Legislativo

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The Legislative Palace of Uruguay is a monumental building, meeting place of the General Assembly of Uruguay, and the seat of the legislative branch of the Uruguayan government. It is located in the Aguada neighborhood of Montevideo.

Wikipedia: Legislative Palace of Uruguay (EN)

27. Zoo Parque Lecocq

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Parque Lecocq is a nature reserve northwest of Montevideo, Uruguay, near the town of Santiago Vázquez. It houses mammals and birds and protects flora and pursues/supports breeding programs. It is adjacent to protected wetlands.

Wikipedia: Parque Lecocq (EN), Website

28. Museo Numismático

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The Numismatic Museum is a Uruguayan museum dedicated to the numismatic history of the country. It is located at Avenida Ingeniero Fabini 777, on the mezzanine floor of the Central Bank of Uruguay, in the Old City of Montevideo.

Wikipedia: Museo Numismático del Banco Central del Uruguay (ES)

29. Museo del Automóvil Club del Uruguay

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The Eduardo Iglesias Automobile Museum is a museum in the city of Montevideo dependent on the Automobile Club of Uruguay, it is located on Colonia Street on the corner of Yi, inside the building of the Central Service Station.

Wikipedia: Museo del Automóvil Eduardo Iglesias (ES), Website

30. Catedral Metropolitana

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Catedral Metropolitana

The Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral is the main Roman Catholic church of Montevideo, and seat of its archdiocese. It is located right in front of the Cabildo across Constitution Square, in the neighbourhood of Ciudad Vieja.

Wikipedia: Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral (EN), Website

31. Museo de Historia del Arte

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The Museum of Art History is a didactic museum that exhibits various original pieces as well as replicas from different cultures and regions. It is located in the west wing of the Municipal Palace, in the heart of Montevideo.

Wikipedia: Museo de Historia del Arte (ES), Website

32. Armenian Catholic Church

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The Cathedral of Our Lady of Bzommar is the cathedral church of the Armenian Catholic Church in Prado (Montevideo), Uruguay as Co-cathedral of Armenian Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Latin America and Mexico.

Wikipedia: Cathedral of Our Lady of Bzommar (EN)

33. Museo Pedagógico José Pedro Varela

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The José Pedro Varela Pedagogical Museum deals with the educational and pedagogical life of Uruguay, as well as the Valerian reform. It is located in the surroundings of Plaza Cagancha in Montevideo.

Wikipedia: Museo Pedagógico José Pedro Varela (ES)


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