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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Bodega Bouza

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Argentina and Chile grab all the attention in discussions of South American wines, but Uruguay has a number of impressive wineries of...

Casa de Fructuoso Rivera

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Once the home of General Fructuso Rivera, Uruguay's first president, this neoclassical Rivera House from the early 1800s was acquired...

Casa de Lavalleja Museum

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This Spanish neoclassical home was built in 1783 and later became the home of General Juan A. Lavalleja, who distinguished himself in...

Club Uruguay

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Uruguay's most prestigious private social club, founded in 1888, is headquartered in this eclectic, three-story neoclassical national...

El Cabildo

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The original City Hall is where the Uruguayan constitution was signed in 1830. This two-story colonial edifice houses an impressive collection...

Iglesia Matriz

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It's officially the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Phillip and St. James, but it is known to Montevideans as the Matriz...

Mercado del Puerto

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For Montevideo's quintessential lunch experience, head to the old port market, a restored 1868 building of vaulted iron beams and colored...

Museo de Bellas Artes

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Known locally as the Blanes Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts is housed in an elegant colonial mansion that once belonged to Uruguay's...

Museo de Historia del Arte (MuHAr)

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In the Palacio Municipal (an ambitious name for this unremarkable brick city hall) you'll find the Museum of Art History, which has the...

Museo de la Memoria

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The question still pains Uruguayans who remember the era: How did South America's strongest democracy dissolve into 12 years of brutal...


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