Plaza Zabala, Montevideo

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  • 1409 Circunvalacion Durango
    1409 Circunvalacion Durango
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    Seal of the City
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    Founder and Steed
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    In honour of a Founding Father

    by Orchid Updated Aug 9, 2015

    In pride of place in this leafy square, set at an angle to the Ciduad Vieja's rectilinear street grid is the equestrian statue to Montevideo's founder, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. The statue was erected in 1890, when the square was established, on a wasteland left after the demolition of an old fort. On the base of the monument, the coat of arms of Montevideo is carved in bas relief. The coat of arms depicts the hill and lighthouse 'el cerro', surrounded by the words attributed to Uruguayan National Hero Jose Gervasio Artigas

    "With liberty I don't offend nor fear"

    which the city adopted as its motto.This is a good place to take a break under the shady trees whilst making a pedestrian tour of the attractions of the old city.

    The street surrounding the square is named as Circunvalacion Durango, after the town Vizcaya of Durango, where Zabala was born.

    To the south of the square, the fine mansion of Palacio Taranco, now the Museum of Decorative Arts stands behind distinctive iron gates. Other distinctive buildings in the area include the white art deco apartments at 1409 Circunvalacion Durango, and the offices of the Discount Bank of Latin America.

    Founder and Steed 1409 Circunvalacion Durango Seal of the City Palacio Taranco (courtesy MaxiCiccione) Discount Bank facade (courtesy Panoramio)
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    Plaza Zabala

    by iwys Written Aug 21, 2008

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    Plaza Zabala in Ciudad Vieja commemorates the founder of Montevideo, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. He was born in the Zabala barrio of Durango in Spain in 1682. In 1717, he was named capitán general of the Río de la Plata and in 1726 he built the fortress which developed into the city of Montevideo. There is an impressive statue of him in the middle of the plaza.

    Statue of Zabala
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    Plaza Zabala

    by Shakermaker Written Apr 15, 2005

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    This plaza gets its name from the founder of the city. Bruno Mauricio de Zabala who was the gobernor of Buenos Aires founded the city in the year 1724.
    This plaza is my favourite in all the city, it has something that I cant explain with words but I just love it.
    Its in the middle of a lot of very old buildings (some refurbished and very beautiful), theres a nice restaurant on one corner to which I recommend you to go.

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