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Montevideo: The City That Was

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An October 2005 trip to Montevideo by SeenThat

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Quote: Its glorious early 20th-century architecture tells us the whole story: Montevideo was an important city a century ago. Nowadays, there are just the beaches.

Montevideo: The City That Was

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Overview

Palacio Legislative Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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The Palacio Legislativo, the parliament, is in a communist-sized roundabout and resembles Ceausescu's Palace in Bucharest, but on a smaller scale. The daily flag ceremonies performed at its entrance by the military a little before sunset will remind you that you are still in South America. The Plaza Independencia is the heart of the town and connects the Old City with its modern parts; on its eastern side is the shuttle-like Palacio Salvo, which, when built, was the tallest building in the subcontinent with its imposing 26 floors. The Mercado del Puerto, the port’s market, is a good place to buy souvenirs and taste the huge local beefsteaks. Sarandi, a walking street connecting Pl...Read More

Beaches

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A Beach Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Visiting small countries and secondary cities is a problematic issue for the average worldwide pilgrim; more often than not, they offer just a cheap reflection of the nearest big city.However, sometimes such a visit can be justified. For example, if it is on the way between two main cities, as Montevideo is between Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires; or, if the city has a special attraction missing in the nearest big city, as Montevideo has the beautiful beaches missing in Buenos Aires.Subtler reasons exist as well for such a visit; like other South American cities, Montevideo is frozen in a faraway past, an ill-defined period between the late 19th century and the early 20th one...Read More

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A Walk Through Montevideo

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Due to decentralization efforts in the late nineteenth century, Montevideo’s sights are spread around; yet the tour is worth the effort, since many of them are extraordinary, and not only in the South American context. However, the downtown area can be explored by foot and then be used to reach faraway sights with buses. A logical place to begin is the port: Puerto de Montevideo by the Rambla 25 de Agosto 1825; if you do not have a map of the city, the Tourism Ministry’s Office there will be happy to provide you with one. As you begin walking away from the port, the places of interest will be: El Mercado del Puerto (Port Ma...Read More

A Day Tour to Punta del Este

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Punta del Este is just a couple of hours by bus to the east of Montevideo. Its name means Eastern Point and hints to the main characteristic of the town, which is built on a short peninsula placed at the exact point of the meeting between the Rio de la Plata (Plate River) and the Atlantic Ocean. The result is the most thrilling beach resort in the southern cone of the subcontinent: rich Brazilians and Argentineans completely crowd the town during the summer season. Its unusual geography leads to a striking characteristic: the southern side of the peninsula has a beach called Playa Mansa, with hot and sweet water, while its northern side has a cold and salty water beach called Playa Brava. Walking a...Read More

A Day Tour to Colonia

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The Portuguese, who needed a port along the Rio de la Plata, founded Colonia in 1680. Nowadays it is an essential stop to everyone visiting Uruguay. The capture of the city in 1762 by the Spaniards lead to its hybrid look: the streets are not arranged in the typical grid of most cities along the river, but follow the irregular shape typical of the Portuguese towns, despite that most of the whitewashed houses in the old quarter are built in the typical Spaniard Colonial style. The old quarter highlights include the Puerta de Campo, which is the original Portuguese gate to the city, built in 1745; the Portuguese Museum by the Plaza Mayor; and the Spaniard Museum on San Jose Road, just next to ...Read More