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Punta Brava Lighthouse

Punta Brava Lighthouse (Punta Carretas, Montevideo) – built in 1876, this 21-meter tall lighthouse is vital for guiding commercial vessels into Banco Inglés, Buceo Port and the entrance of the Santa Lucía River (west of Montevideo). With the lighthouse becoming electric in 1962, it is still active to this day.

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Plaza Independencia

Plaza Independencia (central Montevideo) – this is Montevideo’s most important plaza (which separates its old section – “Ciudad Vieja”, from its downtown areas). Among the buildings found here are the country’s oldest theater (the Solis Theatre), Estevez Palace, and the President of Uruguay’s workplace (the Executive Tower), along with the Artigas Mausoleum.

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Palacio Salvo

Palacio Salvo (Av. 18 de Julio y Plaza Independencia, Montevideo) – this landmark building was built by Italian immigrant Mario Palanti in 1928 (using Italian gothic, classical, and neo-romantic architectural styles). For decades, it was the tallest building in South America. Nowadays, along with it being a tourist attraction, some of the floors are rented […]

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Naval Museum of Montevideo

Naval Museum of Montevideo (Rambla Charles de Gaulle, Pocitos, Montevideo) – this museum is dedicated to the country’s navy, complete with historical cannons, along with model ships, photos and other memorabilia of this military branch’s past. A library and archives can also be found here. The most interesting exhibit here is the account of the […]

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National Museum of Visual Arts

National Museum of Visual Arts (Av. Tomás Giribaldi 2283, Parque Rodó, Montevideo) –opened in 1911, this museum displays the works of various Uruguayan artists (Blanes, Barradas, Figari, Sáez, García Torres, Cuneo). It has also held exhibits of renowned international artists, such as Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Henry Cartier Bresson, Goya, Diego […]

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Museum of Decorative Arts

Museum of Decorative Arts (Palacio Taranco, Plaza Zabala, Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo) – this museum has a collection of various paintings, sculptures, textiles, ornaments, and European furniture (including that of Louis XV, Louis XVI, Ribera, Teniers, Mierevelt, Van der Helst, Appiani, Pradila, Zuloaga, and Sorella. This museum also has a collection of Classical Art and Archaeology […]

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Museo Torres García

Museo Torres García (Sarandi 683, Montevideo) – housed with the historic Palacio Heber, this museum is named after Uruguayan native Joaquin Torres García (a famous Cubist artist) — who spent much of his artistic career in France. There’s an impressive collection of Garcia’s paintings, drawings, writings (and even furniture) as well as the photographs, magazines […]

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Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda

Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda (Av. 18 de Julio 998, Barrio Sur, Montevideo) – this museum pays homage to the country’s gauchos (cowboys), their horses, and the campo (countryside). There’s an impressive collection of artifacts, such as horse gear, silver works, matés and bombillas (filtered metal straws – used for sipping the country’s […]

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Museo del Carnaval

Museo del Carnaval (Rambla 25 de Agosto 1825 Nº 218 esq. Maciel Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo) – launched in 2006, this museum (located near the Mercado del Puerto) highlights the country’s annual Carnaval festivities and its significance to Uruguayan culture. It also has exhibits on the African-based drum-based dance and music form “Candombe” – which is […]

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Monumento al Ahogado

Monumento al Ahogado (Parada 1, Playa Brava, Punta del Este) – this intriguing sculpture (depicting five human fingers emerging from the sand) was made by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal in 1982, and was placed at this beach at Punta del Este. Irarrázabal was inspired to make this public artwork by the beach’s rough waters (as […]