Montevideo City Guide

Montevideo City Guide, Montevideo, Uruguay (B)

Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay is regarded to be the only capital with a balcony overlooking the sea along 20 kms coastline. Montevideo has consistently been rated as having the highest quality of life among all cities in Latin America.

It is believed that the name Montevideo (Monte-VI-D-E-O) was derived by Spaniards based on the geographical location on the map, so that the MOUNT (hill) is the VI (6th) mount observable on the coast, navigating Río de La Plata from east to west. With the passing of time, these words were unified to “Montevideo”. In its colonial origins Montevideo was limited to the neighborhoods known as Ciudad Vieja or Old City and was enclosed by a star shaped wall, approximately 10 meters in height of which all that remains now is the Ciudadela (Citadel) gate standing on the West side of the Plaza Independencia. The gate was opened at Sunrise and was closed at sunset. Those who arrived late had to sleep outside those walls, exposed to rat or dog bites or attacks by natives. The wall was demolished between 1879 and 1891. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Montevideo City Guide
Guide Location: Uruguay » Montevideo
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Sreeram Hariharan
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museo De Artes Decorativas
  • The Museo Romantico
  • The carnival Museum
  • Figari Museum
  • Teatro Solis
  • Salvo Palace
  • Plaza Independencia
  • Aveinda 18 De Julio
  • Parque Battle
  • Parque Rodó
  • Parque Hostel
  • Willy Fogg Hostel