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Montevideo, Uruguay
Palacio Legislativo
Legislative Place - The Legislative Palace (Palacio Legislativo) of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay is not only the largest architectonic construction of Uruguay, but also constitutes the greatest collection of statutory works in the country. Constructed in the early 1900s and sponsored by President Jose Batlle y Ordonez, the palace was then declared as a National Historic Monument in 1975 by President Juan Maria Bordaberry, which now becomes, not only as the symbol of political life of the country where Uruguayan parliament meet, but also as a must-do-visit tourism spot for any foreigners in Montevideo. Two things you'll want to do while you are here; catch the flag ceremony at dusk, when soldiers in the uniforms of the 1820s bring the flag down; and be careful crossing the street around the palace because traffic moves fast.
 
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo Parks and Plazas
Montevideo Parks - Uruguay's capital city has several beautiful and parks to kick back and relax in. The most popular of course is Plaza Independencia, but other nice ones include Parque Batlle, and is named in honor of Jose Batlle y Ordonez, President of Uruguay from 1911-1915. It has several sculptures. "La Carreta", a bronze monument on granite base by Jose Belloni and Monumento a la Maestra. Other parks and plazas include Parque Rodo, Parque Juan Zorrilla de San Martin, Plaza Espana and Plaza Rep Argentina.
 
Montevideo, Uruguay
Other Attractions
Montevideo Attractions - There are a lot of reasons to go to Montevideo, the beaches, the parks and plazas and the laid-back atmosphere. And once you've done and felt that you can check out the Teatro Solis which is located within the Plaza Independencia. It originally opened its doors in 1856 and is beautiful inside. There is also the Ciudad Vieja, or old city which is located by the harbor and is lined with cobblestone streets and historic buildings. And another personal favorite is the Mercado del Puerto or the Port Market of Montevideo. This is a great place to enjoy the asado (Uruguayan barbeque) and hang out with locals.
 
Montevideo, Uruguay
Churches of Montevideo
Montevideo Attractions - It is said that Uruguay is the most secularized nation in Latin America with the highest percentage of atheists and agnostics, reaching upwards of 90 percent. That doesn't mean you can't find a church to attend when in the country. Near the mall in Montevideo is the Parroquia Nuestra Senora Del Sagrado Corazon, a nice little Catholic church (shown in the picture). The English name is Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, and is a Roman Catholic parish church established in 1919. One of the most historic cathedrals is the Montevideo Metropolitan which is the main Roman Catholic Church of Montevideo, and seat of its archdiocese. It is located right in front of the Cabildo across Constitution Square, in the neighbourhood of Ciudad Vieja.
 
Montevideo, Uruguay
Beaches of Montevideo
Beaches of Montevideo - If you're looking for miles and miles of beaches in Uruguay, you don't have to leave the capital. The beachside avenue known as the Rambla (Promenade) links all of Montevideo's beaches from east to west. The list includes: Pocitos Beach, with some wonderful white sand stretching beneath a long strip of high-rises; Ramirez Beach which is situated in front of Parque Rodo, Uruguay's top amusement park; Buceo Beach a picture postcard perfect beach with calm waters and lined with small boats; and last but not least, Malvin Beach, a place to relax and still visit a few restaurants if you get hungry.
 
Montevideo, Uruguay
Artigas Mausoleum
Jose Artigas - Jose Gervasio Artigas Arnal (1764-1850) is a national hero of Uruguay, and is often called "the father of Uruguay". He fought his entire life for the independence of Uruguay and is honored with a statue of the national hero riding a horse in the middle of Independence Square. His determination is illustrated in this famous quote, "When I run out of soldiers, I will fight with the Cimarron dogs." Along the side of the statue are stairs that lead down to a mausoleum entombing Jose Artigas. Soldiers are there to stand guard and to respect the tomb. The walls of the mausoleum display the display the life and struggles of this Uruguayan legend. The tomb is a solemn and quiet place, but also beautiful.
 
Montevideo, Uruguay
Plaza Independencia
Independence Plaza - In the middle of Montevideo's Old Town and downtown areas is Montevideo's largest downtown plazas - Independence Plaza (Plaza Independencia). This plaza overlooking the Rio de la Plata, is thought to be the city's most important one. Historic attractions include the stone gateway Puerta de la Ciudadela (a lonely remnant of the colonial citadel demolished in 1833), the the Solis Theatre (the country's oldest theater) and Estevez Palace and Executive Tower (the president's workplaces). The park is also commemorates independence hero Jose Artigas with a 17m, 30-ton statue and a subterranean mausoleum. This is a great place to get a true feel of this wonderful South American city.