Montevideo Journals

Montevideo Sightseeing

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An April 2009 trip to Montevideo by LenR

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Quote: The settlement of San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo began as a strategic military post to control the Rio de la Plata and the eastern seaboard of what is now Uruguay. It was founded to counter the Portuguese colony at Colonia del Sacramento, and is now a major sightseeing attraction.

Shopping

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Bookshop Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Montevideans head to Buenos Aires when they want to go on an extra-special shopping excursion but there are attractions for visitors in the local stores. Quality and selection are decent here, and prices are lower than in Argentina. Most stores in Centro, along Avenida 18 de Julio, offer the usual selection of urban merchandise but there are some good buys in hand-crafted textiles and souvenirs. The truly fun shopping experience is to be found in the city's markets. Here are some personal selections starting with the downtown area.Manos del Uruguay is a non-profit cooperative started in 1968 by five women which today offers high quality, slightly pricey, woollen sweaters, capes, scarves, s...Read More

Artigas Mausoleum

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Artigas Mausoleum Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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It’s great when you stumble across something you have never heard of when you are travelling. I must confess that I knew little about Montevideo before visiting there so it was no surprise that the city provided some unexpected sights and experiences. The Artigas Mausoleum in the middle of the Plaza Independencia was one of these. The mausoleum is below ground and a 24-hour guard watches over Artigas’ remains. The public is free to walk in any time so we did on one of the occasions we were at the plaza. The mausoleum is impressive and surprisingly large. There are two flights of wide stairs leading down from the plaza. We were the only visitors there so we took our time to let our eyes adj...Read More

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Artigas Mausoleum
Plaza Indepenencia
Montevideo, Uruguay

Avenida 18 de Julio

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Buildings Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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Montevideo is built on a slight hill, the spine of which extends into the Rio de la Plata to create the point that was the original city (Ciudad Vieja). From the Plaza de la Independencia, the main street that extends east from the plaza is Ave. 18 de Julio. El Centro (downtown) is in this area and there are lots of shops and places to change money. You can walk around without worry almost anywhere, and there are lots of side streets and areas you can explore: 18 de Julio is the most important avenue in the city. It is named after the date the first Constitution of Uruguay was written: July 18, 1830. One of its features is its Sunday morning market, occupying the whole street from the Plaz...Read More

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Plaza Independencia

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Plaza Independencia Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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This plaza is the perfect place to start an exploration of Montevideo. It marks the boundary between the new town and the old city. To the east, Avenue 18 de Julio leads through the new town with its shopping arcades filled with boutiques and bustling coffeehouses. To the west, through Puerta de la Ciudadela, lies the Ciudad Vieja, or old city. Just off the plaza to the south is the stately Teatro Solis, the city’s cultural palace, where you can attend plays and concerts.Montevideo's showpiece plaza contains some of the city's most impressive architecture, including its best-known landmark, the massive Italianate edifice of the Palacio Salvo, designed by an Italian architect Mario Palanti ...Read More

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Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia
Montevideo, Uruguay

Buddy Bears

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Four cuddly bears Photo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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We started our sightseeing in Montevideo at the Plaza Independencia and were immediately stunned by a huge display of 2-metre high decorated bears. The whole plaza seemed filled with bears from every country imaginable. They were in rows, curved around the edge of the square and close to the huge statue of Artigas. We had no idea what was going on so we made a point of finding out.It turns out that this was part of a global tour of the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promoting a peaceful coexistence which is already in its seventh year travelling around the world. During their previous 17 exhibitions they visited five continents. After they stopped in 2008 in Warsaw, Stuttgart and Pyongyang (North Kore...Read More