Montevideo Travel Guide

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Carrasco Airport

Ricardo Barata

Montevideo is the very lively capital of Uruguay. It is a stylish city with a strong European feel to it. The city was founded in 1726 on a promontory between the Rio del Plata and an inner bay; this area is still known as the Ciudad Vieja and is the area of main interest for visitors.

The heart of the old city beats on the Plaza de la Constitucion. On one site is the Catedral with the historic Cabildo, opposite is the Museo Historico Nacional. On the south side is a quite unusual fountain dating from 1881 with an inscription in Spanish that contains a few spelling errors (may be old spanish; no error).

Just west along the Calle Rincon is the Plaza Zabala with a monument to the founder of the city: Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. Three blocks north of here and you are in the docks, three blocks south and you are on the rambla Francia, on the Rio del Plata.

Going east from here via the pedestrianized Calle Sarandi, you enter the new city after crossing the Plaza de la Independencia. This is the biggest Plaza of the city. On it you will find the mausoleum of Artigas, the Casa de Gobierno Historico and the Palacio Salvo.

East from here the Avenida 18 Julio takes you to the Tres Cruses Bus Terminal.

Other places of interest are the coastline of white sand beaches, that are almost along the whole city

There are several parks, in many of wich are placed bis bornze statues. The most remarkable are the park "El Prado" and the park "Batlle".

The "Cerro" is a hill opposite the Old City from wich a wonderful view of the city is given

The  "Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales" near the Rod├│ Park and the "Museo Municipal de Artes Pl├ísticas" near the park "El Prado", are a must see for art lovers.

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January 24, 2006 change by giorgio

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