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. Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    This museum is in a rococo 19th-century mansion near Calle Julio Herrera y Obes, four blocks east of Plaza Independencia. Here you'll find articles...Read More

  • 2. Casa de Fructuoso Rivera

    Ciudad Vieja | Historic Home

    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

  • 3. Museo de Bellas Artes

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. Museo de Historia del Arte (MuHAr)

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 5. Museo de la Memoria

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Museo del Fútbol

    Prado | Museum/Gallery

    Other countries have their history," Helenio Herrera, Uruguay's most famous soccer coach once said. "We have our fútbol." Indeed, fútbol —that...Read More

  • 8. Palacio Taranco/Museo de Artes Decorativas

    Ciudad Vieja | Castle/Palace

    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

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