Montevideo

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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  • 1. Mercado del Puerto

    Ciudad Vieja | Market/Bazaar

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

  • 2. Plaza Independencia

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

  • 3. Teatro Solís

    Ciudad Vieja | Arts/Performance Venue

    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. Informative...Read More

  • 4. Casa de Fructuoso Rivera

    Ciudad Vieja | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 5. Casa de Lavalleja Museum

    Ciudad Vieja | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 6. Club Uruguay

    Ciudad Vieja | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 7. El Cabildo

    Ciudad Vieja | Government Building

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

  • 8. Iglesia Matriz

    Ciudad Vieja | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 9. Museo del Carnaval

    Ciudad Vieja | Museum/Gallery

    Move over, Rio. Montevideo's annual Carnaval celebration may be more low-key than that of its northern neighbor, but it lasts for a full 40...Read More

  • 10. Palacio Taranco/Museo de Artes Decorativas

    Ciudad Vieja | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 11. Plaza Constitución

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

  • 12. Plaza Zabala

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    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 flowers...Read More

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