Montevideo Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Montevideo

Montevideo is a beautiful city that has many beautiful architectural and historical places to visit. There are some famous palaces that must be visited and some plazas that exemplify the beauty of the city. All these places are named after important historical personalities. Take this tour to discover the beauty of the history of Montevideo, Uruguay.
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Montevideo Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Montevideo Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Uruguay » Montevideo (See other walking tours in Montevideo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palacio Salvo
  • Palacio Estévez
  • Plaza Independencia
  • El Cabildo
  • Club Uruguayo
  • Plaza Constitución, Matriz
  • Casa de Lavalleja
  • Plaza Zabala
Palacio Salvo

1) Palacio Salvo (must see)

Palacio Salvo is a building located at the intersection of 18 de Julio Avenue and Plaza Independencia. It was designed by the architect Mario Palanti, an Italian immigrant living in Buenos Aires, who used a similar design for his Palacio Barolo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Finished in 1928, Palacio Salvo stands 100 metres high with the antenna included.

It was built on the site where the Confiteria La Giralda was once located, a place renowned for being where Gerardo Matos Rodríguez wrote his tango La Cumparsita, in 1917. The building was originally intended to function as a hotel, possibly mixed with some private residential units. This did not work out, and it never functioned as a hotel. There is now a mixture of offices and private residences in the building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palacio Estévez

2) Palacio Estévez

The Estévez Palace, or Palacio Estévez, is the oldest working place of the President of Uruguay (the Liberty Building and the Executive Tower being the other two). It was designed in 1873 by Manoel de Castel, and is situated in Plaza Independencia. It was owned by don Francisco Estevez and his family until it was acquired by the Uruguayan government in 1880, when it was established as the working place of the president in 1890. It has since been converted to a museum, housing artifacts and mementos of the Uruguayan presidency and its office holders.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Plaza Independencia

3) Plaza Independencia (must see)

Plaza Independencia (Spanish for Independence Square) is the name of Montevideo's most important plaza. It separates Ciudad Vieja from downtown Montevideo, with the Gateway of The Citadel on one side and the beginning of 18 de Julio avenue on the other. Many important buildings, such as the Solís Theatre and the workplaces of the President of Uruguay (both the Estévez Palace and the future Executive Tower) are located by this square. In May and June 2009 an exhibition of the "United Buddy Bears" was held in the square,, for the second on the American continent.
Sight description based on wikipedia
El Cabildo

4) El Cabildo

El Cabildo is a city hall where was signed the Uruguay constitution in 1830. It contains a great collection of antiques, paintings, costumes, documents of that time that characterizes a great historical event. It represents a two stored building where English speaking guides will tell you in details the history of it.
Club Uruguayo

5) Club Uruguayo

Club Uruguayo is a private social club. It represents a three-stored neoclassical building located in Plaza Matriz and founded in 1878. It represents a national monument now, open to the public. It has beautiful salons and marvelous staircases. Today this club has its 400 members that are gathering in this old building.
Plaza Constitución, Matriz

6) Plaza Constitución, Matriz

Plaza Constitución is called also Plaza Matriz. It has a fountain that symbolizes the first water system of the city. This important moment in the life of the citizens was certified by this fountain installed in 1871. Its beauty and the architectural design makes people to come here and meet here.
Casa de Lavalleja

7) Casa de Lavalleja

Casa de Lavalleja represents a neoclassic building that was built in 1783. It became after a period of time the home for the general J. Lavalleja. He was known as the father of independence of the city. His home is presented now to the public where are preserved his manuscripts, maps, books, rooms with all inside relating his style of living.
Plaza Zabala

8) Plaza Zabala (must see)

Plaza Zabala is a plaza in the Ciudad Vieja of Montevideo. In late 1878, during the dictatorship of Colonel Lorenzo Latorre, it was decided to demolish the old fort and build a public square in its place. But for 12 years this site remained a wasteland. The Plaza finally came to be established only on December 31, 1890 when the equestrian statue of Bruno Mauricio de Zabala was installed. It was sculpted by the Spanish sculptor Lorenzo Coullaut Valera in collaboration with the Basque architect Pedro Muguruza Otaño and inaugurated on December 27, 1931.

The Plaza also now takes its name from Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, founder of the city. The monument has an oblique plan. This layout is distinctly different in an area which has streets laid in a checkerboard pattern in the historic district, marked by the gardens designed by the landscape architect French Eduardo André. It is also one of the places where fences and gates of iron are still seen in the city. The street surrounding the square is named as Ring Durango, in honor of the town Vizcaya of Durango, where Zabala was born. On its south side, Palacio Taranco, once residence of the Ortiz Taranco brothers, is now the Museum of Decorative Arts, and on its west, the well-preserved ex-residence of Sáenz de Zumarán is now the seat of the Discount Bank.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Montevideo, Uruguay

Create Your Own Walk in Montevideo

Create Your Own Walk in Montevideo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Montevideo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Montevideo Tour

North Montevideo Tour

Northen part of the city can be also characterized as a beautiful place. There can be visited a nice and green park, museums, botanical garden and many other places that will attract your attention. Take this tour to discover the beauty of the city Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Montevideo Museums Tour

Montevideo Museums Tour

Museums enlighten us with regard to the history of a country. They convey information such as how old a particular territory could be, how many wars were fought there and the beauty of the culture preserved through time. Take the following tour to discover the beauty and the history of Uruguay. There are visits to the history museum, museum of arts, the history of monedas and many others.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Central Montevideo Tour

Central Montevideo Tour

The central part of the city of Montevideo is characterized as having many interesting places to visit. It represents a cultural mix of places that exhibit the beauty, the culture and the history of the city's formation. There can be visited, museums, monuments of known people, zoo and football stadium. Take this tour to discover the beauty of the center of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
South Part Tour of Montevideo

South Part Tour of Montevideo

The south part of the city can be characterized as a beautiful part. It has a beautiful and green park that is a known place for rest for many people. There are also markets, museums, specialty shops and many other interesting attractions to visit. Take this tour to discover the beauty of this part if the city Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Religion in Uruguay is separate from the state. More than sixty percent are Roman Catholics and the rest are members of different religious groups. Montevideo has beautiful churches that represent different confections and different architectural elements from the periods during which they were built. Take this tour to discover the beauty of religious sites in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles