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Monumento al Ahogado

Monumento al Ahogado (Parada 1, Playa Brava, Punta del Este) – this intriguing sculpture (depicting five human fingers emerging from the sand) was made by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal in 1982, and was placed at this beach at Punta del Este. Irarrázabal was inspired to make this public artwork by the beach’s rough waters (as […]

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Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral

Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral (Ituzaingo 1373, Montevideo) – this is the country’s main Roman Catholic Church, and the seat of its archdiocese (built by the Spanish during its colonial era). The cathedral is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and the patron saints of the city (San Felipe and Santiago, that the Apostles Saints Philip and James).

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Juan Manuel Blanes Museum

Juan Manuel Blanes Museum (Av. Millan 4015, Montevideo) – named after the patriotic Uruguayan artist Juan Manuel Blanes, this is the museum of the city of Mo. Housed in a villa from the 1870s, the museum displays artwork made by the country’s artists from the early day of Uruguayan independence to the present. Admission: free. […]

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Executive Tower

Executive Tower (Plaza Independencia, Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo) – located a block away from Estevez Palace, this is the current office of the president of Uruguay. Construction of this building originally began in 1965 (as the then-future Palace of Justice), but was interrupted in 1973 because of a military coup that year. With a return to […]

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Estevez Palace

Estevez Palace (Plaza Independencia, Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo) – this building, built in 1873 (using Doric and Colonial architectural styles), acted as the office of the country’s president until the country’s return to democracy in 1985. Since then, it has been used only for official functions.

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Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento (Montevideo) – located two hours west of Montevideo (via Ruta 1), this town was originally settled by the Portuguese in 1680, and before the early 1800s, constantly changed hands between the Spaniards and the Portuguese (before becoming part of the independent nation of Uruguay). This town, which is on the Rio de […]

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Casapueblo

Casapueblo (Maldonado, Punta Ballena) – located just outside of the resort enclave of Punta del Este, this architectural wonder is the home of Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró (the white-washed structures were developed as a citadel-sculpture similar to homes found in the Greek island of Santorini). Originally built as a tribute to Páez’ son Carlitos […]

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Artigas Mausoleum

Artigas Mausoleum (Plaza Independencia, Montevideo) – built during the 1930s, this monument, located at Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja, is dedicated to Uruguay’s national hero José Artigas (who led the country to independence from Spain). His remains are kept in an underground room underneath the statue.

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About Uruguay

With Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas ushering in Spanish colonialism through much of the Americas, Spanish explorers arrived in the sparsely-populated South American country now known as Uruguay in 1516. Initial resistance from indigenous groups prevented the Spaniards from settling in that country until the early 1600s (when cattle was introduced there). Although no […]