Montevideo, Uruguay is a city of approximately 1.3 million people, making up 1/3 of the entire population of the country. As the capital and economic center of Uruguay the city has a eclectic collection of architecture.
Since we arrived by the ‘fast ferry’ from Buenos Aires, the first building that greeted us was the Port Terminal Building.
The Municipal Theater and Museum of Art History is an impressive structure in the Cordon neighborhood.
Along the Avenida 18 July there are a number of impressive buildings leading you to Plaza Indepencia.
The most impressive is Palacio Salvo (also the feature photo). It was designed by Mario Palanti, who designed the Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires. As a result their looks are very similar.
The Ciudadela Building is on the opposite end of Plaza Independencia from the Palacio Salvo. Designed by Raul Sichero and Ernesto Calvo and completed in 1958, it stands 90 meters high.
The Pablo Ferrando Building dates from 1917, serving as a library and coffee shop
The new Presidential Building is also along the Plaza Independencia.
The remains of Miguelete Prison. But fear not – it’s wings now host a contemporary art museum as well as a museum of natural history.
Scenes in Ciudad Vieja (the old city).
A few miles out of the old town you come to the World Trade Center of Montevideo.
This unique building is the Damaso Antonio Larranaga Zoological Museum.
As you reach Punta Gorda the mid rise apartments give way to single and duplex family homes.
We end our tour with the 1876 Punta Brava Lighthouse. It continues to serves it’s original use to this day.