Montevideo Sights

Modern Montevideo expanded outward from the peninsular Ciudad Vieja, the Old City, still noted for its narrow streets and mix of elegant colonial and art deco architecture. El Prado, an exclusive enclave a few miles north of the city center, is peppered with lavish mansions and grand parks. When you remember that these mansions were once summer homes for aristocratic Uruguayans who spent most of

the year elsewhere, you'll get some idea of the wealth this small country once enjoyed.

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Palacio Taranco/Museo de Artes Decorativas

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Built in 1907, the ornate Taranco Palace in the Ciudad Vieja is representative of the French-inspired architecture favored in fin-de-siècle...

Parque Rodó

This park has a little something for everyone with two amusement parks, a number of decent eateries, and the National Museum of Visual...

Parque del Prado

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The oldest of the city's parks is also one of the most popular. Locals come to see El Rosedal, the rose garden with more than 800 different...

Playa de los Pocitos

This stretch of sand is the city's most attractive beach, and surprisingly tranquil. Throughout the day you'll see locals running, biking,...

Plaza Constitución

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This plaza, also known as Plaza Matriz, is the heart of Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja. An ornate cantilever fountain in the center of this...

Plaza Fabini

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In the center of this lovely, manicured square is the Monumento del Entrevero, a large sculpture depicting a whirlwind of gauchos, criollos...

Plaza Independencia

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Connecting Cuidad Vieja and the Centro, Independence Square is the heart of Montevideo. All that remains of the original walls of the...

Plaza Zabala

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At this charmed spot in the heart of the Ciudad Vieja it's easy to image the splendor of the old Montevideo. Around the fountain and...

Sagrada Familia

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Too tiny to require flying buttresses, the ornately Gothic Holy Family Church, also known as Capilla Jackson, is complete in all other...

Teatro Solís

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Named in honor of the discoverer of the Río de la Plata, Juan Díaz de Solís, the 1856 Solís Theater is famed for its fine acoustics.


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