Montevideo Off The Beaten Path

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    the old coastal steamer

    by globetrott Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    This old steam-boat found its "final drydock" at the entrance to the port of Montevideo, nice to look at and lighted at night, so it is some sort of a lighthouse as well, dont miss it, when approaching the port by cruiseship.
    You will find this great ship opposite of the mountain that gave Montevideo its name (see my 4th pic!)

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    The Gaucho-museum in Palacio Uriarte de Heber

    by globetrott Written Mar 15, 2008

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    The museum of the gaucho and Currency / Museo del Gaucho y la Moneda is not far from Plaza Independencia, made inside an old palace - Palacio Uriarte de Heber - built between 1896 and 1897. The adress is : Avda. 18 de Julio 998-1000
    Click on my extra photographs and enlarge them in order to see the fine details of this great facade.

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    the admirality

    by globetrott Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    the admirality in Montevideo
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    This building in the port of Montevideo is the admirality. The architecture was not really so very special, but it was interesting to see some exhibits around the car-park-area of that naval building : old anchors, cannons, ship-screws, whaling-harpoons and a lot more. This building is in an area, where only passengers of cruise-ships are allowed to enter, the controls at the gate of the port are quite severe, so have your boarding-pass ready !
    Opposite of the admirality you will find Captan Maranda, the sailing - school-ship of the navy of Uruguay.

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    Capitan Miranda

    by globetrott Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    Capitan Miranda is obviously the sailing - school-ship for the navy of Uruguay and it will mostly be docked close to the Admirality-building. No problem to approach it and take photographs, several officers had been watching me taking these pics. It was interesting to see a combination of an old wooden ship, certainly more than 100 years old and modern masts made of aluminium, radar etc.

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    some interesting machineries in the port

    by globetrott Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    In the port of Montevideo, at the same place as the anchor of the battleship "Admiral Graf Spee" you will see some old machineries like this old steam-powerded crane as well as a lot more anchors and other remains from old ships. It is a nice place for ships-enthousiasts like me and another good argument not to take one of the many free shuttle-buses that offer you to take you to the city (and mainly to shops selling leather-goods there)

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    Banco Ingles de Rio de Janeiro

    by globetrott Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    It was nice to see at least these interesting remains of a building obviously dating back to the year 1890, according to the inscription on top of it. Its name is Banco Ingles de Rio de Janeiro / English Bank of Rio de Janeiro. You will see plenty of such buildings in Montevideo, where only the facade was left over, obviously waiting for better times and the money in order to restore it and integrate it into a new building.
    The adress of this building is Zabaala 1486, just a few steps from Iglesia de San Francisco

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    Uruguay Club

    by globetrott Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    Uruguay Club is the name of this interesting building next to the cathedral Iglesia Matriz. The building dates back to the year 1885 and all you can see of it as a tourist is the beautiful ornate facade. There are several cafes with terraces at "Plaza Constitucion", from where you will be able to see this lovely building.
    Dont miss this building, when you are at "Plaza Constitucion" ,
    the adress of Urugua Club is :
    Sarandi 584

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    Castillo Pittamiglio

    by andal13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Castillo Pittamiglio

    Among dozens of new and modern buildings, at the seaside, you can find an odd construction: El castillo Pittamiglio (Pittamiglio Castle). It is not a real castle, but a strange house easily recognizable by the Victory of Samothraki it has at the frontage. The "castle" was built at early 20th century by Humberto Pittamiglio, an architect and alchemist. The house is full of mystery, hidden charms and strange rooms; it houses the Asociación de Promotores Privados de la Construcción (an association), a cultural center and museum. You can visit this building with a guided tour.

    Entre docenas de edificios nuevos y modernos, en la costa, pueden encontrar una extraña construcción: el Castillo Pittamiglio. No se trata de un castillo de verdad, sino de una casa muy particualr, fácilmente reconocible por la Victoria de Samotracia que tiene en la fachada. El "castillo" fue construido a comienzos del siglo XX por Humberto Pittamiglio, un arquitecto y alquimista. La casa está llena de misterio, encantos escondidos y habitaciones extrañas; alberga a la Asociación de Promotores Privados de la Construcción, un centro cultural y museo.
    Puede recorrerse en una visita guiada.

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    Faro de Punta Carretas

    by andal13 Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    From the lighthouse

    Punta Brava o Punta de las Carretas (Rough Point or Carts Point) is the Southest point of the Uruguayan coast; at the end it has a lighthouse, which can be visited; the entrance fee is 0,50 U$S; from the top, the sights are awesome.
    Althought Punta Carretas is a nice and well known place, close to one of the most fashion areas of the city, it is not common for Montevidean people to visit the lighthouse; the point, however, is full of fishermen under the sunlight, and full of lovers under the moonlight!

    Punta Brava o Punta de las Carretas es el punto más al sur de la costa uruguaya; en el extremo hay un faro, el cual puede ser visitado; el costo de la entrada es de 50 centavos de dólar; desde la cima, las vistas son espectaculares.
    Pese a que Punta Carretas es un lugar lindo y concurrido, cerca de una de las áreas más atractivas de la ciudad, no es frecuente que los montevideanos visiten el faro; la punta, sin embargo, está llena de pescadores a la luz del sol, y de enamorados a la luz de la luna!

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    The lighthouse

    by andal13 Written Nov 1, 2003

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    The lamp

    Punta Carretas lighthouse was inaugurated in 1876; it is 19 m high, and it is situated 34º56'07'' South - 56º09'36'' West. The original machinery is still working (it is a beautiful bronze structure), althought the ancient fuse was substituted for a 1.000 W light bulb. It sparkles white and red light, each 10 seconds; the light can be seen 15 nautical miles away.

    El faro de Punta Carretas fue inaugurado en 1876; tiene 19 m de altura, y está situado a 34º56'07'' Latitud sur - 56º09'36'' Longitud oeste. La maquinaria original aún funciona (es una bella estructura de bronce), aunque la antigua mecha fue sustituida por una lámpara de 1.000 W. Lanza destellos blancos y rojos cada 10 segundos; la luz se ve desde una distancia de 15 millas náuticas.

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    Girls... get your nails done!

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    When waiting for my concert to begin I walked down the 18 de Julio Blvd and got a really nice Manicure and Pedicure for less than $15.00. And it was really professional and well done. You need to go to LILIANS! Very Nice!

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    People watch.... Kid watch... My off beat hobbies.

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    I love looking at people... children in particular, and trying to get their photos... There was an amazing animated family I "studied" and i suspect for the full expose you will have to go to a travelogue I will create... but this is a shot of Father and Son. No one will doubt this boys paternity! Very Nice!

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    Indulge me.. .just one more!

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    And the other side of the table: the mother and daughter... looking at the boys like they are nuts... When I finished with about 10 photos in total... i got the family's email address. I will send them the photos. They were fun to shoot! Very Nice!

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    Teatro Verano

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 25, 2009

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    Montevideo from Teatro Verano
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    There are nice views of Montevideo from a small hill at Teatro Verano, overlooking Playa Ramirez. It takes a good 20 or 30 minutes to walk out to here from the city centre, but it's a pleasant stroll along the waterfront, and well worth it for the great views. The beach and its surrounding areas were very quiet when we visited in October, but in summer time I imagine it's very different. The hill is just a short distance from another worthwhile sight, Parque Rodo.

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    Off centre

    by andal13 Updated Aug 1, 2003

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    Reja del Castillo de Idiarte Borda

    If you leave downtown, you will find nice places which are often unknown for tourists.One of those places is Villa Colón, an old district, with ancient mansions of late 19th century. The most famous is Castillo de Idiarte Borda (Idiarte Borda's Castle); he was a President, and ordered its construction at 1897; he died before the house was finished.
    You can visit the house and gardens, and on Saturdays and Sundays, have tea.

    Si dejas el centro, encontrarás lindos lugares que son a menudo ignorados por los turistas. Uno de esos lugares es Villa Colón, un viejo barrio, con antiguas mansiones del siglo XIX. La más famosa es el Castillo de Idiarte Borda, quien fue un Presidente y ordenó su construcción en 1897; él falleció antes de que la casa fuera terminada. Se pueden visitar la casa y los jardines, y los fines de semana, tomar el té.

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