22 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 22 sights are available in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Sightseeing Tours in Montevideo

1. 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)

2. 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.

Wikipedia: Solís Theatre (EN), Website

3. 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.

Wikipedia: German cruiser Admiral Graf Spee (EN)

4. 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)

5. Zoológico Villa Dolores

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The Villa Dolores Zoo, officially called Jardín Zoológico Municipal Parque Pereira Rossell, was a zoological park of more than a century old, located in the neighborhood of Villa Dolores 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 has been visited by a total of 61 million people. It is part of the Departmental System "Montevideo Zoo", along with the Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga Museum and the Lecocq Zoological Park Museum. The center of the zoo is located at coordinates 34°54'03"S 56°08'42"W. Lindero to it, and in the same property, is the Municipal Planetarium Surveyor Germán Barbato, inaugurated on February 11, 1955.

Wikipedia: Zoológico Villa Dolores (ES), Website

6. 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.

Wikipedia: Obelisk of Montevideo (EN), Website

7. 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)

8. 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, in 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 on its summit to guide sailors entering the port. In 1809 begins the construction of the Fortress Gral. Artigas for protection of the lighthouse that is completed in 1811, in 1939 after a building restoration ceases to function as a military fortress to become the Museum Gral.

Wikipedia: Cerro de Montevideo (ES)

9. 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

10. 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)

11. 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)

12. Memorial a los Detenidos Desaparecidos

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The Memorial in Remembrance of the Disappeared Detainees, 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 in its central part by two glass walls where 174 names are inscribed, supported by a geometric cement structure that shows, on the side, the natural rock.

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

13. Monumento al Gaucho

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The Gaucho Monument 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)

14. 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)

15. 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)

16. 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)

17. Monumento a José Pedro Varela

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Monumento a José Pedro Varela

The Monument to José Pedro Varela 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)

18. 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)

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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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

21. 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 of 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

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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