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Plaza Independencia

Montevideo, Uruguay
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Ranked #11 of 83 attractions in Montevideo
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This prominent plaza divides the old from the new Uruguay, and is surrounded by an interesting array of architectural styles. It also contains a... more » Owner description: This prominent plaza divides the old from the new Uruguay, and is surrounded by an interesting array of architectural styles. It also contains a statue of General Artigas, considered the father of Uruguay. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This was a great starting point for wandering around the city. There were lovely shops and restaurants nearby and the park was a very lovely spot.

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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Av 18 de Julio has not changed in the 15 years I have been visiting Montevideo and although the square is large and spacious there has been no real attempt to use its position to the best effect. Artigas is not lit up at night and there is only the Mausoleum to visit in the square itself

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Recife, PE
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Nice plaza with some historic buildings in the square. Take some time to appreciate them. Also some restaurants nearby.

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Hamburg, Germany
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The central square of Montevideo, with some beautiful and/or weird old buildings (the Palacio Salvo falls in the latter category), an impressive equestrian statue in the center - and an unbelievably ugly "modern" building on one side that would not look out of place in Minsk.

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New Hampshire
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is a cute area with a lot of shops and restaurants. We had a 1/2 day tour of Montevideo and this is where our tour let us off, so we were given many restaurant ideas since it was a late lunch time. While we were there, they had a bunch of tables with vendors selling all sorts of items.... More

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North East England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

although this is one of the major squares in the old town, there's not really much here, but its a pleasant place to sit on a nice day

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Fresno, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Surrounded on one side by the colonial government buildings, and on the other modern highrises, it reveals the 2 sides of Montevideo, one trapped in the past, the other yearning to be new.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Our side trip to Montevideo was marred by A LOT of rain - BUT what was nice about the area surrounding the plaza was that there was an overhang to keep you dry from the rain and free museums and shops that are interesting to see. If you are not in the area -- don't go out of your way... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Montevideo is probably not the most visited city in the world but is rich in architecture and culture. In the middle of the square, there stands Artigas on a horse. Proudly marking the historical past of Uruguay, the square is indeed very pretty. Snap away the buildings, people, and energy. Stroll the streets and looks at the nearby peddlers and... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

In spain all cities has a Plaza Espana- in southamerica they all have a Plaza Independicia or plaza Libertador- usually with monumental buildings and a statue of the liberator .

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