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

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1. 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 barrio of Aguada in the city of Montevideo.

Wikipedia: Legislative Palace of Uruguay (EN)

2. Ancla de Graf Spee

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Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class "Panzerschiff", nicknamed a "pocket battleship" by the British, which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after World War I Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron who fought the battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands, where he was killed in action. She was laid down at the Reichsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven in October 1932 and completed by January 1936. The ship was nominally under the 10,000 long tons (10,000 t) limitation on warship size imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, though with a full load displacement of 16,020 long tons (16,280 t), she significantly exceeded it. Armed with six 28 cm (11 in) guns in two triple gun turrets, Admiral Graf Spee and her sisters were designed to outgun any cruiser fast enough to catch them. Their top speed of 28 knots left only the few battlecruisers in the Anglo-French navies fast enough and powerful enough to sink them.

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3. Obelisco a los Constituyentes de 1830

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The Obelisk of Montevideo, officially listed as the Obelisco a los Constituyentes de 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.

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4. Fortaleza General Artigas

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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)

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.a.s.l., it was the place chosen by the Spanish military 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 at its summit to guide sailors entering the port. In 1809 the construction of the General Artigas Fortress began for the protection of the lighthouse that 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. 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.

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7. Castillo Pittamiglio

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The Pittamiglio Castle is a building located in the city of Montevideo (Uruguay), more precisely Francisco Vidal Street, between September 21 and the Rambla de Montevideo, at the Trouville point of the Punta Carretas neighborhood. The façade facing the promenade exhibits a replica of the Victory of Samothrace, representing "the victory of life", made by the Italian-Uruguayan sculptor Pedro Piccioli, which makes the building emblematic of the Montevideo coast.

Wikipedia: Castillo Pittamiglio (ES)

8. 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)

9. Palacio Salvo

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Palacio Salvo is a building in Montevideo, Uruguay, located at the intersection of 18 de Julio Avenue and Plaza Independencia. 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)

10. Memorial a los Detenidos Desaparecidos

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The Memorial in Remembrance of the Disappeared, also called 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 Cerro de Montevideo, it is integrated into its central part by two glass walls where 174 names are inscribed, supported by a geometric structure of cement that shows, on the side, the natural rock.

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

11. Monumento al Gaucho

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The Gaucho Monument is an equestrian bronze 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)

12. Centro de Campo de Fútbol de los Pocitos

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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)

13. 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)

14. Teatro Solís

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Solís Theatre is Uruguay's most important and renowned theatre. It opened in 1856 and the building was designed by the Italian architect Carlo Zucchi. It is located in Montevideo's Old Town, right next to the Plaza Independencia. The theatre was named after the explorer Juan Díaz de Solís, who was the first European explorer to land in modern day Uruguay.

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15. 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 a traditional guard called "Blandengues de Artigas".

Wikipedia: Artigas Mausoleum (EN)

16. Zoológico Villa Dolores

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villa dolores is a community southeast of the city of Montevideo, Uruguay. It was named in memory of rossell's pereira Pain, who, along with his husband, rossell and rius, donated the fifth in 1912 and is now one of two zoos at the Montevideo City and Municipal Planetarium.

Wikipedia: Villa Dolores (Montevideo) (ES), Website

17. Monumento a José Pedro Varela

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

Wikipedia: Monumento a José Pedro Varela (ES)

18. Plaza de la diversidad

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Plaza de la diversidad Ray Valido / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Plaza de la Diversidad Sexual is located in the Old City neighborhood of Montevideo. The plaza includes a large triangular granite monolith -- a reference to the pink triangles worn during the Nazi persecution of LGBT people.

Wikipedia: Plaza de la Diversidad Sexual (EN)

19. 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

20. Catedral Metropolitana

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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

21. Museo de Historia del Arte

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The Museum of Art History is a teaching museum that displays a variety of original works as well as replicas from different cultures and regions. It is located on the west wing of City Hall in downtown Montevideo.

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

22. 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)


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