This place was designed by the same architects who designed Versailles in France: Charles Louis Girault and Jules Leon Chifflot
The Taranco Brothers (Jose, Felix, Hermenegildo) were poor lads from either Portugal or Spain who hit it big in Montevideo. The place is beautiful and shows how wealthy this part of Montevideo once was.
This place is gorgeous! I broke the law and took photos...to be added later.
This place has got the best show in town on Sunday morning when all the shops and cafes are closed (and your hotel doesn´t offer breakfast). I found this while wandering for a coffee. I stayed for mass. It was great to see an active congregation in such a beautiful place. It definitely is less a tourist place than a church for local Catholics.
The Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda (Gaucho and Minting Museum) was the most interesting of the museums we visited in Montevideo. The museum is housed in a nice building on the main street, Avenue 18 de Julio, and is free to visit.
Combining displays on gauchos and minting in one museum seems like a strange combination though I don't believe it was originally planned this way. However, both sections of the museum were interesting. We spent a long time in the gaucho section and learned a lot about the lifestyle and history of the guachos. Some of the exhibits had an English translation, which can be quite rare in South American museums.
Montevideo Cathedral stands on Plaza de la Constitucion. Its two square towers rise 133 ft either side of the domed roof. It was consecrated as a church in 1804 and was raised to the level of cathedral in 1869.
A beautiful open air theatre next to parque Rodo.
Lots of concerts and carnaval elections.
During carnaval (january/februari) daily official competitions are being held, wich you should really experience if you like music, dance and crowded happy people!
My favourite, No one should miss out on getting to know Uruguayan carnaval. So if you're not visiting during carnaval, you have to take a visit to this museum. It has a collection of all time carnaval history; costumes, instruments and beautiful pictures. You can really feel the Uruguayan carnaval sentiment over here.
Eight kilometers from the port of Montevideo one can find the wreck of the German battle ship the Admiral Graf Spree on the bottom of the sea. The range finder was recovered by divers in 2004. On December 17th, 1939 the Graf Spree was sank by its Captain to avoid battle with waiting British naval ships.
Matriz Church is located near the Plaza Constitucion or Plaza Matriz and invites visitors to tour the cathedral, which is the earliest public structure built in the city, which dates back to 1804. The church contains the remains of several of the country’s notable politicians, economic leaders, and religious leaders and features domed bell towers at the top of the edifice. Open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m. Admission is free.
This is the only monument remembering the holocaust in South America. Various sculputures and monuments line the beach front remembering the fate of millions of Jews under Nazi oppression. It was created in 1995 and shows the strong influence of the Jewish population also in Uruguay.
This is one of the city's main street and an avenue lined with stores and cafes. Along this street you'll find Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda, which features exhibits of gaucho or cowboy clothing and artifacts, and a collection of currency used throughout the country's history.
Palacio Taranco was built in 1907 and is about 500 meters east of Plaza Independencia and about the same distance from the cruiseship-port. On my main picture you will see the entrance-gate of it and nowadays it is the Museo de Artes Decorativas, the museum of decorative Arts. Dont miss to walk around the block and see the lovely garden of this palace as well (my pictures 3-5)
In the street taking you from the cruise-port to Puerta de la Ciudadela and to Plaza Indenpendencia you will find lots of souvenir-stands, mainly the kind of stuff made especially for tourists, nothing special but good enough for the hasty tourist who does not want to waste his time at the much better souvenir-market opposite of the cathedral .
Museo Historico National was built in the beginning of the 19th and first it used to be the residence of the president of the Republic of Uruguay. While passing by I had a quick look into the hall, where you can see a lot of interesting exhibits already and when I raised my camera I heared loud and clearly "NO Photograph" so that was the moment for me to leave this building again without taking a closer look.
Take a look at my 2nd pic : an old cannon marks the street-corner in front of the museum, a funny idea and a great reminder to go to that museum.
Iglesia de San Francisco & the Colonial art museum were under total reconstruction, while I had been in Montevideo. The church dates back to the year 1864 and you will find it at the east part of the old town of Montevideo, 3 blocks from the cruise-port and not far from Banco Ingles de Rio de Janeiro
Plaza Costitution / Plaza Matriz is a small square in the centre of the old town of Montevideo. There is a lovely fountain in the middle and around of it you will find shady trees, benches and a fine flea-market - see my shopping tip !
Next to Plaza Costitution there is the cathedral Iglesia Matriz and Club Uruguay.
I fell in love with this nice hotel, in the heart of Montevideo. It's located right behind la plaza...more
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